Learning to swim takes time, proper instruction, and, in some cases, overcoming fears. But the benefits of teaching your child to swim are more than worth the time and effort.
Here are just some of the reasons your children should learn to swim.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children up to age 14. Knowing how to swim and water safety are essential skills your child should learn. He or she will be comfortable around water and will know how to handle themselves in an emergency situation that involves water. Swimming is one of the only sports that could save your life.
2. A lifelong skill
Swimming is a skill and recreational activity that lasts a lifetime. Moreover, knowing how to swim will make it easier for your child to safely become involved with other sports, such as kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, surfing, triathlons, and yachting.
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3. A low-impact sport
Land-based athletic and recreational activities often involve high-impact movements that put undue stress on your joints and muscles.
That's not the case with swimming, in which your body is supported by water. This makes it an ideal low-impact sport for your body's well-being both now and in the future. And if one part of your body becomes injured, you can still exercise other parts in the pool. Moreover, many athletes rehabilitate injuries through low-impact exercises performed in water.
4. Great exercise
Swimming is a form of healthy activity that your child can continue to enjoy throughout his or her life. It provides multiple muscle groups and is a high-intensity cardio workout.
When you consider that the number of obese children has tripled in America since the 1970s, finding a healthy activity that they will enjoy is essential. Swimming is not only a fun form of exercise for children, but it can also present a challenging workout that will keep them healthy.
Not only will the skill of swimming give your child a sense of accomplishment, but they'll also continue to gain self-esteem as they become a stronger, more accomplished swimmer. This self-confidence will help them in all other areas of their life.
The Amarillo Town Club offers group and individual swim lessons. Contact us today to enroll your child in swim lessons.