Summer swimmers are made in the fall and winter months
The air is crisper, and the leaves have changed. We find ourselves slowly but surely trading our shorts and t-shirts for pants and sweaters. Perhaps even storing our swimsuits, goggles and water toys for next summer along with summer clothes.
Not so fast! Fall is the perfect time to start swimming lessons so don’t be so quick to put your gear in storage! Learning how to swim takes time, and by starting lessons now, you will have the optimal amount of time to gain the confidence and learn the vital swim skills you need to be prepared for summer pool fun! It’s perfect timing.
What looms after Fall, for many, is our dreaded cold winters! What an amazing way to warm up in an indoor pool and have some fun, while burning much-needed energy for many of us (not just kids, adults too!) Swimming really is the perfect winter activity, with continued exercise for your children that they sometimes lack in the colder months. In all honestly, Canadians have an even bigger need for continuing exercise during our ‘hibernation’ months.
Swimming is the perfect low impact, full body workout
It’s not just recommended for the little ones, rather swimming is the perfect low impact cardio, full body workout for adults and seniors as well. It’s the opposite of a cold winter run that can be tough on our joints and muscles, because swimming tones and sculpts the entire body. That being said, for those who do choose to run outside, swimming can be the perfect complement to running or other outdoor winter activities to switch up the focus onto different muscle groups.
Getting out and staying active is also critical for the dreaded cabin fever many of us experience through winter and can directly improve anxiety and depression levels in adults.
Swimming has been proven to benefit children’s health and development
For the little ones, they too will become happier in a healthy routine, which can directly overflow positively into other aspects in their life, like school and social groups. In fact, studies have shown that children who learn to swim reach many developmental milestones before other children at the same age level.
If you’re already enrolled in lessons, it’s important not to put your swim lessons on hold during the cold winter months. Repetition and consistency are key with children and year-round swim lessons reinforce existing skills and help them gain new ones, so they don’t forget and lose momentum and confidence.
Momentum, exposure and repetition are KEY with children and if you end up taking a break from the swimming pool for the winter, children gradually forget lifesaving safety information and important skills they have learned. Surely you don’t want these important learning efforts swept aside.
Safety really is the number one reason to continue for an even stronger start of summer fun at the beaches, pools, pool parties and more. Learning new swim skills now will also help build a stronger swimmer when it matters most.
We have several safety measures in place which we have had to make to adapt to the new normal which you can read about here.
Let us help you get started this fall and set you up for swimming success!