Winter Swimming Lessons – Swim for Life
Does your child know how to swim? Here’s why you should invest in this lifesaving skill all year round:
- Swimming works practically all of the muscles in the body (if you do a variety of strokes). Physical fitness can help children better focus and problem solve at school, as well as releasing endorphins to boost their immune system, vital in winter.
- It can teach them self-confidence and develop general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance and improve their overall fitness for other sports.
- For babies and tots water exercise develops their motor skills, coordination and muscles – as well as socialising with other children.
- Swimmers develop breath control. This type of breathing helps keep the lungs clear of accumulated mucous, and can help reduce the chance of respiratory problems in the winter. Getting colds and flu from exposure to cold air during the winter is just an old wives’ tale.
- Learning to swim is a process, not an event. Children who swim through the winter maintain continuity and increase their skill levels as they practice each week and are better prepared for water activities in spring and summer. Children who take a break will spend time reviewing and relearning skills they previously learned.
- Learning to swim is an important year round lifesaving skill.
Before you substitute other activities for swimming lessons, think about how much more important learning to swim is to your child’s life.
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