The vast majority of the world is comprised on non-swimmers. With roughly 71% of the Earth’s surface being water, that’s quite peculiar. The Red Cross considers five skills vital to swimming. These skills are (in no order) treading for time, floating for a time, swimming 25 meters continuously, jumping into the water and surfacing unaided and climbing out of a pool without a ladder.
The above skills can be accomplished by anyone will take the time to learn. Many adults have a fear of water or worse, are confident in swimming ability they don’t have. While adults may be too prideful to learn. Children are open to new experiences and learn easily. The way forward is to teach them.
Children’s swimming lessons
Swimming lessons are available in many places but there are specific things to look for. Professional coaching is of course suggested, but a certified coach is preferred. Be sure to choose a reputable program that teaches all the fundamentals of swimming in a way that your child will enjoy.
The right coach will likely have a group of children that swim at multiple levels. These levels can vary from beginner to competitive. If your child is starting off he or she will be taught skills and drills needed for comfort in the water. This is vital and doesn’t come easily to every child. So, if your child is having trouble being patient.
The following lessons will likely be in floating followed by the basic strokes. Once your child is comfortable it will be up to the both of you to decide whether he or she will continue to swim casually or compete themselves. Even if they choose not to compete, swimming lessons for toddlers can save their lives someday.
How swimming effects development
Children that choose to continue swimming will see benefits outside of purely having learned survival skills. The athletic endeavors, interaction with other children and feeling of accomplishment gained from learning a new skill breeds confidence in children.
A German study found that swimmer that training year-round had better self-esteem, were more comfortable in social situations and had greater self-control. The confidence and self-esteem gained from hard training can help to develop your child into a highly functioning adult.
That confidence and self-esteem may be the differentiating factor in a future job interview. Romantically and socially there are obvious benefits to believing in oneself. Many people suffer from self-doubt and allow it to cripple their prospects in life. This can greatly mitigate through swimming.
How swimming affects academics
The discipline learned in the pool can translate to discipline in the classroom. It’s not easy to swim year-round. Motivation may come and go, but it’s disciple that keeps your child in the pool and that same discipline and focus can be used academically. There are multiple studies showing the positive correlation between athletics and academics. Why not take advantage of this?
Swimming is great for general health
Swimming is an activity that can be done from youth into old age. It’s incredibly low impact. Sport like football and running are fun and definitely worth playing. But, they wear on the joints and skeleton. Wear and tear on the bodies of competitive swimmers is minimal and almost nonexistent and casual swimmers.
Get in the pool
With everything you now know, you should be excited to encourage your child to swim. Hopefully, maybe even you yourself will take some lessons if you already a great swimmer. Just remember to be patient and have fun.