Start the New Year with a New Skill

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When January rolls around each year we make resolutions and plans to better our—and more importantly our families’—lives. That’s why there’s no better time to start thinking about teaching your children new skills. Learning to swim the right way is an essential skill for any individual. Swimming lessons offer developmental, safety, and educational benefits regardless of age or level. If you have older children, you might be thinking, “they’re confident enough in the water, they don’t need lessons.” But learning to swim means more than just being able to doggy paddle and stay afloat in the water. Here are four reasons why children of any age can benefit from swimming lessons this year:

  1. Develop a new skill. According to the American Psychology Association, learning a new skill helps promote healthy brain function. Even if your child has been in the water before, children learn best when they are exposed to a variety of ideas, experiences, and methods. Learning the technical skills will help your child develop critical thinking skills which will help them adapt to a variety of situations.
  1. Reduce the risk of drowning. Okay, we know this is obvious. But it’s something that can’t be communicated enough considering drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. What’s more alarming is that adults make up more than 70% of total drowning deaths in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, enrolling children of any age in swim lessons leads to an 88% reduced risk of drowning. It’s never too late to be safe.
  1. Physical exercise. Swim lessons offer a phenomenal workout. Giving your kids the opportunity to exercise while having fun is critical in this day in age of iPads and computer games. Swimming is a full-body workout that strengthens everything from the core to the legs to the arms. It’s also a great cardiovascular workout that is much easier on your children’s joints than activities that involve running.
  1. Get better grades. Believe it or not, studies have shown that kids who swim throughout their developmental years are typically better students than those who don’t. This is because the sensory learning and instruction that they receive at swim class helps them achieve milestones in the classroom. Swim lessons are also known to build confidence, which can translate positively into school work as well.

The swim skills your child learns today will last a lifetime and can continue to improve as they get older. By exposing your child to proper swim techniques now, they can continue to enjoy it recreationally, aerobically, or competitively throughout the rest of their lives. No matter what your child’s age, Little Fishes Swim School can provide lessons that will last a lifetime.