Formal swim lessons keep children safe and healthy — for a lifetime. Drowning prevention is the main motivator of course, but swimming has other benefits as well.
1. It’s essential to their safety.
According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one through 14. It is crucial that all kids know how to swim at a young age. Even if you don’t live by bodies of water, something as seemingly harmless as a bathtub can be deadly.
2. It’s a low-impact sport.
Since your body is buoyant in the water, swimming is a great low-impact activity, especially suited for those with joint issues or injuries. Low-impact exercises can also prevent future injuries from developing, and water-based exercise improves the use of joints affected by arthritis.
3. Swimming is an excellent workout.
Swimming provides a total-body strength and cardio workout and is a great way to burn calories and maintain a healthy weight. Introducing your child to swimming early on can also help them make other healthy choices as they grow.
4. Swimming is good for your mental health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming can help with chronic diseases as well as mental health. “Parents of children with developmental disabilities,” the CDC also notes, “find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections.” Swimming, like other forms of exercise, also releases feel-good endorphins.
5. Swimming may help kids do better in school.
Several studies have linked physical activity with improved cognitive performance. One study by University College London, for example, indicated that swimming lessons helped children boost their math grades. "Researchers claimed that the sense of achievement children experience while engaging in activities like swimming and dancing motivates them to do well in their academic studies as well."
6. You can swim for the rest of your life.
As your child becomes an adult, and then an older adult, swimming is an activity they can participate in throughout their days to stay well and active. Set them up with the skills now so that they have them for a lifetime.