Children learn best with consistency. If you want your child to be safe in the water this spring, it?s important to continue their swim lessons throughout the Fall and Winter. It takes time to learn to swim and be safe around water. Unfortunately, many parents feel that they can put their child in swim lessons 8 weeks before the summer and be ready. For most children this does not work. If your child did a great job with swimming this summer ? you want to keep them swimming this Fall and Winter so that they don?t lose their skills and confidence.
Not only will you be providing your child with a life saving skill, you will be promoting health and fitness. Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do. Seventeen percent of our children in the U.S. are obese. We need to get our kids away from the television, computer, and other technology and get them moving. Get them swimming! Studies show that overweight kids become overweight adults. Swimming can prevent this.
Lastly, you want your child swimming because it enhances brain development. Complex motor movements that include contra-lateral (right side and left side) use of both upper and lower extremities builds brain synapses. The more synapses, the more brain power. The more brain power, the smarter you are.
There you have it 3 reasons why your child should swim year round: 1) Safety, 2) Fitness, 3) Brain development.