At LinerWorld, we take the safety and happiness of you and your family very seriously. If you have a youngster in your life and spend any time at all around water, we highly recommend you sign your child up for swimming lessons. Here’s why:
They decrease the risk of drowning and water-related injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings happen each year in the United States. One in five of those fatalities are children age 14 and younger; and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for submersion injuries. Those are scary statistics! While you take good care of your child, it’s impossible to keep your eye on them every second of every day. Especially as they start to get older and get invited to pool parties, water parks, and visits to the beach with friends. Swimming lessons teach water safety basics and potentially life-saving techniques (such as how to tread water and spot drowning victims). Drownings and water-related injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, so having a solid foundation and knowing what to do in emergency situations can help keep your child and others safe around water. In fact, research has found that formal swimming lessons were associated with an 88% reduction in drowning risk for children ages 1 to 4.
They’re taught by certified instructors.
If you know how to swim, you may think swimming lessons aren’t worth the money. You can just teach your child the basics and save a few bucks in the process, right? That may be true, but it’s important to note that swimming lessons often cost money because they’re taught by highly-qualified instructors. People who teach swimming lessons are likely certified through the American Red Cross or another organization and may have experience as a competitive swimmer or lifeguard. Those qualifications and skills helps ensure that your child learns the proper swimming, diving, and breathing techniques from the get-go. Their skills, knowledge, and expertise also allows instructors to teach your child beyond the basic doggy paddle and back float.
They teach valuable life skills.
While the safety skills they’ll learn will continue to be valuable throughout their life, swimming lessons also teach other important life skills too. Much like other organized athletics, swimming lessons and competitive swimming can teach kids how to solve problems, communicate, and work alongside peers from a diverse background. On a personal level, swimming lessons also help teach kids how to set goals and overcome obstacles as they work to master difficult strokes, dives, and breathing techniques in the pool. These skills and social benefits are crucial in becoming a well-rounded adult and succeeding academically and in the workplace. Swimming and other physical activity has also been linked to increased self-confidence and improved academic performance.
They help improve health and wellness.
With high childhood obesity rates and increasing amounts of screen time, it’s more important than ever to make sure your kids are finding ways to stay physically active all year long. Swimming lessons are a great way to promote regular physical activity from a young age. Swimming has numerous physical benefits, including weight loss and helping to decrease chronic illnesses. The low impact nature of swimming also decreases risk of potential injuries and makes it a safe and accessible form of exercise to kids who may have physical limitations. By putting your kids in swimming lessons, you’re starting them on the path to a healthy lifestyle that will benefit them their entire lives.
They promote a lifelong love of water.
By starting your kids in swimming lessons at a young age, you are helping them overcome any potential fears of water and opening the doors to a plethora of new experiences and opportunities. A healthy respect and love for water fostered as a child may mean they grow to love other fun water activities, such as competitive swimming and diving, skiing, tubing, surfing, boating, rafting and more. For some, that early passion for water may even turn into an academic and career path, such as marine biology, water conservation, water rescue, or professional athletics. Swimming lessons can provide a firm foundation and provide opportunities to explore recreational activities and career paths that a child might otherwise not discover or try.
Swimming lessons are just one way to reduce fear and help your kids adjust to the water. Browse our blog for more tips for helping your kids love the water.