5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn To Swim!
By Belgravia Leisure
Our nation is defined by our love of swimming, with countless pristine beaches and backyard pools spread across our suburbs. So why are we still not making it a priority for our children to receive water safety education?
A recent report from the Royal Life Saving Society suggested that three out of four children had quit swimming classes by age eight, long before they'd learned skills that could save their lives. A shocking statistic, taking into consideration that drownings have been steadily increasing over the years.
At our centres, we teach your kids to swim in a safe, fun and engaging atmosphere and have found that there is more than one benefit to your child’s development! Here are our top five reasons for why your kids should dive into the fun now.
Your Child Will Learn About Water Safety In and Around Water
The crystal clear water and snow-white sand that surrounds Australia is not only beautiful but dangerous too. With uncompromising ocean rips and strong currents that drag unsuspecting swimmers away from the shore, Australia has always had a history of drowning-related deaths. However, this past year has seen an unprecedented number of drownings, in children less than five years of age. Tragically 29 children aged 0-4 years drowned in 2016/17, which is 32% increase on the previous year, serving as a sobering reminder to parents of the importance of teaching your children how to be around pools.
Lessons Provide Your Kids with Confidence
Studies have shown that kids who develop swimming skills early are more confident and willing to try different sporting activities throughout their life. Throughout their young lives, children will be exposed to many circumstances where they’re required to swim, whether it’s at a friends pool party or even swim lessons provided through their school. If your child is equipped with previous knowledge, they will have the necessary confidence and self-esteem to get involved!
Swimming is a Great Way to Exercise
We’re all aware of the health concerns associated with today’s reliance on processed foods and technology, with child obesity being a pressing concern. By enrolling your kids in a learn to swim program, they’re getting their dose of exercise and instilling good behaviours that they’ll take with them through the rest of their lives. Swimming is considered to be one of the best forms of physical exercise for people of all ages, including children.
Early Development of Physical Skills
Swimming can be significant in assisting in the early development of your Childs physical skills, including hand-eye coordination and muscle toning. Research has shown that those who regularly swim during early childhood development are more capable of cutting paper, colouring in and drawing lines and shapes, when compared to others of the same age.
Enhances Social and Personal Skills
Your child during a Learn to Swim class will be required to follow instructions from our well-trained teachers and socialise with other children participating in the program, providing them with essential social and personal skills that will set them up for school and indeed their future.
Our team of Learn to Swim Instructors and Swimming Coaches strive to make every lesson fun, but most importantly to be continually progressing you or your child by our course structure, based on Swim and Survive from Royal Life Saving Society (Australia). The Learn to Swim program runs for 48 weeks a year and enrolments are open now.Find out more at www.belgravialeisure.com.au
Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.