In the recently concluded Olympics held in Rio, the United State swim team got the most number of gold medals, with Michael Phelps taking the lead.
Have you heard about the Singaporean swimmer, Joseph Schooling, that beat Michael Phelps in the men’s 100m butterfly? The 21-year-old did not only earn his first Olympic gold medal, he also beat his childhood idol.
The Labs shares other reasons why children should enroll in swimming classes, apart from wanting to become Olympians.
Swimming is a Low-Impact Sport
While sports injuries are common, the body is 90% buoyant when the water is neck-deep, which lessens the impact when you hit the ground.
Swimming also promotes a healthy lifestyle that helps with mental health and chronic diseases.
Children Will Learn Time Management
This is essential and children may apply these to their daily tasks, especially for those training to be competitive swimmers, wherein they time themselves in the water. This is a skill that they will use for the rest of their lives – dividing and managing time, prioritizing tasks.
Helps Prevent Children from Drowning
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares that there is an average of 3,536 cases of fatal unintentional drowning every year – around 10 deaths daily. One in five of those cases involve children aged 14 and younger. It is also the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children ages 1 to 4.
It’s important for them to learn how to swim so that in the event that they accidentally fall into the water, they can swim up to the surface. Through swimming lessons, they will learn how to stay safe in the water, as well.
It Builds Confidence
The sport provides challenges and rewards, once accomplished – when children succeed, they start believing in their abilities, which boosts self-confidence.
Swimming Lessons Translate to Better Academic Performance
Studies show that children who swim in their developmental years achieve mental and physical milestones quicker than those who don’t.
With swimming, not only will your child learn how to survive in the water, they will also earn life skills that will transcend into their adulthood. Plus, there is the possibility of them becoming open to other water activities such as kayaking, surfing, and scuba diving.