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The Importance And Benefits of Swimming for Youth

The Importance and Benefits of Swimming for Youth

Youth and swimming 

Swimming is an important skill for your child to have because it may one day save their life. It is important to introduce children to water early to ensure they develop a comfortable relationship with being in the water. Becoming comfortable with swimming opens up a multitude of opportunities for your child in the realm of water-based sports such as surfing, competitive swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. 

The ability to swim at least 25 meters confidently is part of the UK National Curriculum concerned with water safety and swimming competence. This program also includes every child learning to save themselves from several common water-based dangers before finishing primary school. This is a fantastic program with high aims, but due to budgetary concerns, their goals are frequently unable to be made reality, resulting in increasing numbers of British children being unable to swim. According to Swim Group, as of 2017 about 31 percent of Year 6 pupils finish the term unable to swim or lacking basic knowledge about water safety. Additionally, roughly two-thirds of parents believe that their child would be unable to get themselves out of water-related danger. 

Before starting lessons in order to create the best possible experience for your child with swimming, it is important to get your child used to water before signing them up for lessons. The simplest way to do this is to acquaint your child with water by helping them get used to touching the water- just wet their face in a bath or small pool once they are able to support themselves sitting up. 

Next, encourage your child to copy your own comfort with water by lowering your face into the water and coming up smiling. Then start blowing bubbles in the water to express further enjoyment and to provoke curiosity. You will also need to teach your child to prevent inhaling water by closing their mouth and humming. To help toddlers advance both their confidence and competence in water while preparing them for formal lessons you should allow them to float in the water while providing support and introduce them to the pool where they will engage in lessons to promote comfort with the environment. Once your child has become comfortable with the pool, they will have more confidence in learning to swim from an instructor. 

Starting formal lessons 

A child can learn to swim from any age but will benefit most from beginning lessons around age four. Seek out local instructors or inquire among friends, or on social media forums to find a good instructor that will meet both your needs and your child’s needs. England’s Learn to Swim Framework details stages of learning to swim which will help you become acquainted with the skills necessary for safe water enjoyment. Some of these skills are flotation and balance, orientation and rotation, and aquatic breathing. Benefits of having a personal pool. 

If you have a pool at your home you have given your child a huge head start on being comfortable with water and learning to swim. This will also allow you to hire a swim instructor to come to your home to give your child lessons. This type of one-on-one attention will boost your child’s abilities far ahead of their peers. Having a pool is also fantastic for hosting parties and keeping children occupied with fun during the summer. Having a pool at home will also promote fitness since even just playing in the water is an excellent exercise. Swim Safe summer program for children 7 to 14. 

This programmer provides free swimming and safety lessons sponsored by Swim England. The lessons are taught by qualified instructors and trained volunteers. To participate in the program children must be from 7 to 14 years of age, and able to swim at least 25 meters. It is also required that a parent or guardian remain present for the entirety of each session. Sessions are 60 minutes each and take place at a variety of locations such as beaches, lakes, and pools. Maintaining an interest in swimming with older children. 

Frequently, once children enter secondary school they begin to lose interest in swimming and watersports, often describing water activities as a bit pointless.’ To maintain older children’s interest in watersports, try visiting outdoor water parks with obstacle courses. These are better suited to the skill level and confidence older children will possess and will challenge them to continue to progress.

Jax Brantley

The author Jax Brantley