In our fast-paced world, there are lots of parents who don’t want their kids to undertake too many different activities while other parents feel like signing their children up for a variety of activities helps them to discover their talents and passions. Ask a parent from either side how they feel about swimming lessons and you’ll get the same answer: swimming lessons are a must. So, what is it about swimming lessons that make them a non-negotiable for most parents?
For starters, many parents want their children to become strong swimmers for safety reasons. A study conducted by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Memphis revealed several eye-opening truths, including the following:
- Children who swim with their family are 2.7 times more likely to be good swimmers
- Children who know how to be safer around water are 3.7 times more likely to have good swimming ability
- Children who are afraid of drowning are 67 percent more likely to have low/no swimming ability
Here are a few takeaways from that study that we can apply right away:
1. Take your kids swimming
Bring your kids to the pool and sign them up for swimming lessons. By enrolling your child in swimming lessons, you’re giving them the gifts of health, skills, and safety. Learning how to swim is one of the best ways to make sure your child can navigate the water safely.
2. Get your children used to being in the water
Children who are afraid of drowning are six times more likely to not know how to swim. Fear and inability go hand in hand here. By spending more time in the water, those children can get used to that environment and slowly conquer their fear, even if they’re just standing up in the water, wading, or holding your hand. Baby steps may be necessary, and that’s ok. Working towards conquering fear and anxiety will go a long way towards improvement and skill development.
3. Learn water safety
Even children who aren’t strong swimmers yet can learn basic water safety skills and respect for the water, and these are the kinds of skills that can help save lives.
4. Help your child learn to swim
Floating devices and life preservers have a role to play in the water, but they are not a substitute for learning swimming techniques. When you sign your child up for swimming lessons, they’ll learn water safety skills and swimming techniques that can save their lives–or help your child safe someone else’s life someday.
5. Make a life-long investment
It can be tempting to miss lessons or to quit after thinking they’re “good enough in the water now,” but giving your child the gift of swimming lessons is a life-long investment that can reap innumerable rewards.
Whether you’re in camp Social Sign-Up Butterfly or Unprogrammed And Unscheduled, we have swimming lessons, intensives, and camps that can suit your schedule and help teach your children to be safe in the water. Contact us today to find out more about our programs here at The Aqua Life.