4 Life Skills for Your Child when Learning to Swim Young

A strong swimming foundation is a strong foundation for physical activity. Swimming not only builds character, but also develops unique motor-skills and preps your child for a wonderful future in the water. They are also a great outlet for your child’s energy! Who knows? Your little one may be the next Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin. As a parent, I want to share some of my thoughts about life skills for our children when they’re learning to swim young.

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First, swimming is a great form of physical activity which involves the entire body. It requires kids to actively involve their bodies and minds while they have fun in the pool. Often times kids are repeatedly jumping in and getting out of the pool which is great and helps boost metabolism. If you have a community pool that has attractions such as a water slide, diving boards, high diving boards, or a lazy river, kids will be playing for hours. Not to mention, swimming is a heart-healthy activity and great for strengthening lung capacity. In fact, the longer kids spend in the pool swimming, the more their heart is working and the better lung capacity they will have. This is especially true for kids who swim laps. Many people with asthma are very successful swimmers. Swimming and building lung capacity increases their resistance to asthma.

Second, swimming gives children great social activity and allows children to interact with other children.Public pools are typically swarming with other children in the summers and it’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn social skills and to make friends.How nice would that be! On a hot humid summer day, enjoying the sensation of abeverage and watching your child play with his friends with newly-bought, super interesting swimming pool accessories. Their excitement alone makes any day worth spending!  With many necessary accessories out there, choosing the right one could also ensure the safety of your children.

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Third, swimming may equate the difference between life and death decisions. About half of Americans can’t swim well enough to save themselves. That’s scary, since many of those non-swimmers are also parents whose kids are getting into the water. Considering that accidental drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 14, it’s critical that kids learn how to swim at an early age. It doesn’t matter if they’ll ever join a swim team, work as a lifeguard, or clock a 48-second 100m freestyle, learning to swim is an essential.It all begins with the basics: exposure, learning fundamental skills, and plenty of play.

Last, if they know how to swim, your child might become a hero one day. They will be able to save other people from drowning. Everyone has a dream about being a hero, whether that’s being a life-guard, a doctor, or even a veterinarian. I have one. I believe your child has one as well. You can potentially guide them to achieve that dream by helping them to know how to swim.

Overall swimming, while fantastic for physical health and well being, has invaluable mental health benefits. As children grow and develop, the positive mental effects of swimming begin to align, if not exceed the physical benefits of swimming.Introduce your child to swimming early on so that they have the skill for their whole life. This can help improve their overall physical and mental health. Hopefully, they will fall in love with the sport and lap it up for years.

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