According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.. It is absolutely crucial that all kids know how to swim at a young age.
There is water all around us, even if it’s as small as a bathtub. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is essential to their safety.
2. It’s a low-impact sport
Swimming is obviously low-impact as it’s performed in water, the body is 90 percent buoyant when in the water up to your neck, so you’re not hitting the ground with the weight you carry on land.
3. The value of teamwork is learned along with individuality
Like any sport, the team atmosphere is the greatest aspect. But teamwork is learned in plenty of sports, why is swimming special?
The great thing about swimming is that there is also an individual aspect to it. In competitive swimming, you learn self-motivation and goal setting/reaching. Swimmers have their own personal set of times for their events.
At each meet, competitive swimmers try to beat their personal best times, while at the same time swimming for their team as a whole. In high school and college swimming, the primary motivation is to earn points for your team so they can win the meet.
Swimming packages teamwork and individuality into one sport.
4. Time management is inevitably learned
This is a skill that swimmers will hold for the rest of their lives. Being able to divide and manage one’s time, to prioritize what needs to be done first, second, and last is an invaluable talent that is gained through competitive swimming.
5. Swimming is an incredible workout
The sport involves moving multiple muscle groups in a high-intensity, cardio workout. All four strokes involve working different muscle groups. Often times, children and adults take up swimming for weight loss. It burns calories quickly.
Swimming also releases endorphin which aid in decreasing depression and improving moods.
6. You can swim for the rest of your life
If your child knows how to swim at a young age, this skill is forever with them. In their later years, their longevity and quality of life will be enhanced by swimming.
Water exercising helps to decrease disability and aids in the quality of life in older adults. Since swimming is a low-impact sport, this makes it a safe option for older adults, rather than risking a fall while biking or running. Swimming feels good on joints and boosts one’s mood at the same time.
It’s essential that every child learn to swim, especially to be water-safe. But there are so many levels of swimming and benefits that come along the way. Introduce your child to swimming early on so that they have the skill for their whole life. This can help improve their overall physical and mental health. Hopefully, they will fall in love with the sport and lap it up for years.