6 reasons to get your child to swim
It’s essential to their safety
According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death to children. Children should learn how to swim because there is water all around us, even if it’s as small as just having a bath. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is essential to their safety. Your child doesn’t have to be interested in swimming competitive, but ensuring your child knows how to swim should be done as early as possible.
Swimming is an excellent low impact cardiovascular exercise that can help keep your child healthy and active whilst being gentler than many other forms of exercise, preventing any joint injury from occurring. Swimming can not only improve fitness, but also it builds strength and flexibility, improving balance and posture.
Builds positive mental health
Swimming is a very relaxing form of exercise and it has been proven that swimming can help overall mood and emotional health. Some studies show that the effect of floating in the water has a positive impact on anxiety levels, helping children relax.
Suitable for all personalities
Swimming can be done individually or as part of a team, making it an option for introverted and extroverted children. Swimming gives children an opportunity to learn good teamwork skills or if swimming as an individual can help with personal goal setting and self-motivation.
It’s said that humans are born with only two fears: sudden, loud noises and the fear of falling. Every other aversion and phobia we develop – normally in our childhood years – is learned from the people around us. One of the most important to combat is the fear of water. How? By making sure that children learn to swim at an early age.Swimming helps build confidence as they learn the basics and then move from strength to strength. This experience builds motivation and inspires a sense of achievement.
You can swim for the rest of your life
If your child knows how to swim at a young age, this skill is with them for the rest of their life. Since swimming is a low-impact sport, this makes it a safe option for older adults, rather than risking a fall while biking or running.
Opportunities for other sports
If your child learns to swim this will give your child the opportunity to try out lots of
fun and exciting sports that only take place on or in water such as – canoeing, kayaking, yachting, snorkelling, sailing, water-skiing and triathlon which require participations to be able to swim.