As adults we all realize the importance of knowing how to swim, but that may not be the case when we are young. A negative experience, just like in my case (you can read all about it in my previous posts) or the lack of possibility/interest may lead to a child growing up without learning to swim.
There are plenty of reasons why this scenario should be avoided. So, let’s see, the main benefits of taking your children to swimming classes.
The safety element
First and foremost, knowing how to swim is a key to the safety of children. They need to learn how to swim from a young age, because this way they will be comfortable in and around the water. Think of swimming as a preventive and useful way for children to keep themselves safe. Choosing the right swimming instructor is also an important factor, since it influences the child’s overall experience, attitude and thinking about swimming. This takes me to my next point.
It’s all about learning with fun & games
Swimming lessons for children must be fun, interactive and professional at the same time. All of this is reflected in the way a swimming coach holds his/her classes, as well as in the teaching methods that he/she uses. We have to make sure that children learn while playing and having fun. They don’t even notice how much they progress, and they gain great memories meanwhile.
Naturally, the other major benefit is the positive impact that swimming has on the physical development of a child. When it comes to this, the physical exercise that swimming represents is essential for the growth and wellbeing of children. Just as in the case of adults, swimming improves strength, flexibility, stamina, balance etc. not to mention that it has major influence on the health of the lungs and the heart.
Becoming an individual swimmer or a team player
Sure, physical exercise is really good for your child’s health, but what about the development of their personality? Well, swimming comes in handy in this case as well. It will help in developing individual skills as well as team player skills. If the children are really interested in swimming, they can even become competitive swimmers. They will get familiarized with setting a goal and making the necessary effort to achieve it. They will see the value of motivation and their level of self-esteem will also be positively influenced.
What about swimmers who are part of a team? Sure, many people say that when it comes to team player skills, swimming cannot be as effective as soccer for example, but I disagree. Any competitive sport will help the child grow both as an individual and as part of a team. They will learn what sportsmanship is about, what feedback means as well as how to be supportive and work for a common goal.
Once learned, swimming is there for their entire life
Just imagine how many times would your child have to say no because he/she doesn’t know how to swim? There are many opportunities that children miss if they haven’t learned this skill. Being on a holiday on the beach and enjoying a summer swim; swimming in a beautiful lake with friends, when they are on a trip, having fun at pool parties … Not being able to join in for such activities can have a negative impact on children. They will feel insecure, left out, and sometimes even afraid of the water. They won’t live those moments to the fullest.
With these pros and no real cons, what’s left to think about? Enroll your children to swimming lessons. Believe me, once they learn it, they won’t forget and they will always be grateful that you convinced them to go.