I have 2 boys that love the water. Our summers are filled with swimming in the ocean at the Shore and the lakes in Michigan. We even throw in a few days in the Greenbrier River just to mix it up a bit. Whether they are tubing on the river, jet-skiing in the lake or surfing at the beach they need to know how to save themselves in case of an emergency.
My oldest took swim lessons as a toddler, which helped him feel comfortable in the water. I think it helped that we lived in south Florida so he was always around water. But, I have to admit…. my youngest has never taken a formal swim lesson. Spending so much time around water we just muddled through teaching him ourselves. Up until recently I thought he was doing “ok” but needed more confidence, especially in the deep end and staying afloat for a longer period of time. He has been surfing for the last few years but this year he has been inching his way further and further out in the ocean (to catch those bigger waves) and I have to say it made me a bit nervous. Would he know what to do if he got pounded by a wave? I don’t think so. This is when I started thinking about swim school not only for him but also my oldest.
Drowning is the nation’s 2nd leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14, but if you enroll your child in formal swim lessons it can risk the chance of drowning by 88%. It can happen to ANYONE and I felt that my boys just didn’t know “enough” to keep themselves safe if trouble arises in the water.
Learning to swim means more than just being able to doggy paddle across the pool or float on your back for a few seconds. I want my boys to feel 100% confident in the water and I knew for sure my youngest wasn’t and my oldest “thinks” he is a good swimmer but I knew better. He too needed extra training and to learn different swim techniques that I couldn’t teach him.
So if you gave your toddler or preschool swim lessons and think, they are good to go, right? You may want to rethink that decision because they can continue to learn and involve as a swimmer which will benefit them in so many different ways….here are 5 benefits of swimming lessons for older children.
REDUCE DROWNING RISKS – Kids are fearless and as they get older they are doing more activites without you, including heading to the pool or beach with friends. We can’t be around 247 to carefully watch over them, so you want them to be a confident swimmer just in case.
GREAT WORKOUT – Have you ever tried swimming a few laps in a pool? It’s a great workout! Swimming strengthens everything from the core to the legs and arms. Swimming also is a great way to get the blood flowing and heart pounding, perfect for those kids that aren’t into organized team sports but you want to keep them fit and active. Plus….kids are TIRED OUT after a few hours in the water.
BETTER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE – Say What?! Yes, it’s been scientifically linked to an better academic performance. Studies found that children who swam during their developmental years achieved several physical and mental milestones faster than non-swimmers. Researchers found that the type of instruction and sensory learning kids are exposed to early on in swimming lessons translates almost seamlessly into the type of learning they’ll do in the classroom.
GOOD FOR INDIVIDUAL & TEAM SPORTS – If you have a child that isn’t into traditional organized sports such as football, baseball, soccer etc.. give swimming a try. What makes swimming unique is that swimmers can compete individually and as a team which will help children excel in a team environment.
GOOD AT ANY AGE – Anyone can swim! It doesn’t matter what age, perfect for young and old. The swim skills you learn today will last a lifetime and you can continue to improve as you get older. By exposing your child to swimming and giving them the opportunity to explore swim lessons you will give them the benefit of self confidence in the water and out and a aerobic exercise they can do for a lifetime.
We are so thankful to have the opportunity for the boys to take lessons at the Goldfish Swim School. They are 100% dedicated to teaching kids how to swim and offers state of the art aquatic facilities dedicated entirely to indoor swim classes and programs for children 4 months and up. Started in Michigan 9 years ago, Goldfish Swim School has grown and now opening schools throughout the country. One of their newest locations is located near us in Fort Washington which is the swim school the boys are attending.
The staff is amazing and the the while facility is geared towards children of all ages. Even though the boys are older they felt at ease and comfortable from the beginning. We look forward to continuing our weekly swim lessons in a safe and encouraging environment. So whether you are local to the Philadelphia area or living somewhere else in the US check out Goldfish Swim School and sign up for some swim classes. Trust me, your kids will thank you and you will feel so much more at ease when you are near the water with your kids.
We received six weeks of complimentary group lessons in exchange for our honest opinion about Goldfish Swim School in Fort Washington, PA.