It is summer and you take your family to vacation. The sea is so beautiful and tempting; yet your children are afraid of getting into the water because they cannot swim, even with the help of buoy. There are various benefits that swimming offers and they are not just limited to health or fitness; so why should you let your kid stay out of all of them? If you are still hesitating whether to let your kid learn how to swim, here are some convincing reasons for you:
It is better to learn swimming at a young age
Swimming can be learnt at any age. Even those who are very old still want to know how to swim. However, it is harder for people to learn swimming as they get older because it can be embarrassing for them: what if they are the oldest learners in a swimming class? Plus, they may learn more slowly and their body conditions are not as good as before. Kids process information really quickly and they can swim soon after a short course. Also, like with biking skill, the swimming skill will stay with kids forever. So why not starting it now?
It is for your kid’s safety
Drowning commonly happens for kids and teenagers. Parents do not want their children to squirm every time they get into or near water. By learning how to swim, children will be prepared for things that can happen in the water and know how to keep themselves safe and sound. What if they trip and fall into a pool or are swept away by strong waves at the beach? CPR is an essential skill to know when learning swimming and one can use it to save other people’s life.
Swimming helps your kid stay fit and healthy
Many parents are worry about obesity but this risk can be greatly reduced when kids learn swimming. This is an excellent workout with cardiovascular benefits; in addition, it helps improve stamina and flexibility. Unlike many other sports, swimming is least likely to result in injuries and this is a low-impact activity that everyone can perform.
One nice thing about swimming is that it requires co-ordination: kids need to work out each muscle in their body when they swim. They will to synchronize their movements (not just for arms and legs) and maintain stable breathing.
So, instead of letting your kid stay at home all day and watch TV or play video, let them engage in this nice workout. Swimming can be done both indoor and outdoor in all types of weather.
It helps build confidence for kid
In the first few lessons, kids are not able to swim yet but they will learn to be comfortable in water. Gradually, when they can swim, they will feel more motivated to push themselves more (as in: trying to swim further and in a shorter time). They set their own goals and try to accomplish them. The biggest reward they will get is self-confidence: they learn to believe in their own abilities and it is a good thing to have at such a young age.
It is fun
Difficult technique aside, swimming can be really fun and enjoyable if kids do not just focus on winning or losing swimming competition. Swimming opens the door for kids to participate in various water sports later like diving and surfing. Those who cannot swim can find getting into the water a scary thing to do and will never be able to enjoy the thrill of these water sports. There is a nice sense of freedom when you swim.
Let kids take swimming as a relaxing activity so that they can enjoy the family vacation at the beach much more. Swimming is a great activity that helps kids de-stress effectively.
It helps kid socialize and learn the value of teamwork
For shy kids, learning swimming can benefit them a lot. They can make friends with other kids at the class and those they meet at the beach. Think about the time that kids spend together at training classes: this helps them get along easier. It is even better if they join a team and participate in some type of competition; they will learn how to support members in the team and develop team spirit. This is something that can benefit kids greatly in the next phases of their life.
On the other hand, swimming invokes a sense of competition in kids. No one wishes to fall behind others so they will feel motivated. Being too competitive is probably not a good thing but adequate competitiveness will be helpful for kids in their work and life as they grow up. There are kids who take swimming further than just a hobby and end up become professional swimmers.
Other benefits aside, letting kids learn how to manage themselves in water and strictly follow safety precautions is the thing parents are most concerned about. After all, they want to prevent unfortunate drowning incidents for kids. Swimming does not only offer many health advantages, it also benefits kids in terms of emotional and social impacts. Do not limit your kid from taking this low-impact activity that is helpful for their personal development and opens a new world of experience for them. Your kids will surely be thankful for your decision later so please do not hesitate and let the learn swimming soon.