Why Continue With Swim Lessons?
Many parents enroll their children in swim lessons because they know the importance of having their child learn how to swim adequately and properly. The first step is to involve them in swim lessons at an early age and continuing those lessons throughout childhood. Many parents will enroll their kids in day or week-long swim lessons and think their child is immediately immune to drowning and knows how to swim properly. The mistakes that are made here is thinking their child is drown proof and enrolling their kids in these types of lessons to begin with. Many of the instructors employed at these lessons are very rarely qualified and may not even have any swim experience themselves, you’re lucky if you get a coach that even has high school swimming experience.
Another factor to consider is that children take a good amount of time to learn and fully understand new concepts and ideas. Swimming is a whole different world especially to little kids, and for them to learn a whole new skill is going to take more than a day, will take more than a week, and in most cases take more than a few months.
But once the child knows how to swim, it’s fine to just take them out, right? Wrong! Just because a child learns how to swim over a period doesn’t mean they are going to remember it forever especially the very young. And if you abruptly stop the lessons, it doesn’t make it any better.
Another reason to continue lessons is because of all the benefits swimming brings. According to Swimming.org, “Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves. But it is not just fun, swimming also provides loads of health benefits which can help to keep your children healthy and happy at the same time: Swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. Another great thing about swimming is that children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport. Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities
Your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence, but health, fun, and confidence are not the only reasons why your child should learn to swim. Learning to swim also opens up the door to a range of other activities.”
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 10 people die every day from drowning. Of those 10 people, two are children who are 14 years of age or younger. As a result, drowning is the fifth most common cause of death by an unintentional injury, the second most common for children aged one to 14 years old. This makes it incredibly important for your child to not only have swim lessons, but to have them throughout their life and make sure they are there year-round. When choosing a swim lessons program, look for organizations that offer swim lessons year-round with no registration deadlines, so every child knows how to swim, as swim lessons year-round are crucial.
Drowning does not just happen in the summer either; it can occur year-round.
With professional swimming lessons, your child would learn drowning prevention and how to stay safe in the water, all while developing a lifelong and lifesaving skill. But even when your child knows how to swim, it is very important you still always watch them.
The following story is from texasswimacademy.com: “It was an ordinary, sunny Sunday afternoon at the Stewarts’ home where friends and family had gathered to celebrate Yves Stewart’s birthday. Mouth-watering barbecue was being passed around, kids were splashing about in the pool and everyone was having a great time. Because there were several adults at the party who knew how to swim and even perform CPR, Yves rightly felt confident enough to briefly step into the kitchen and fix a plate of food. Before anyone could realize it, Yves’ youngest son Kameron had removed the flotation devices from his arms and jumped into the pool like the bigger kids. Kameron was found on the bottom of the pool by his bigger brother. So, even with adults around and one who was a lifeguard little Kameron drowned. The next few moments were some of the most frightening minutes in Yves and Larry’s lives. There was talk about putting him in swim lessons before this horrible accident but was put on the backburner. Luckily Kameron fully recovered and was entered into swim lessons.”
Having swim lessons year-round throughout your child’s life is one of the biggest factors that you can do to prevent drownings.