Keeping active is important for your child’s health, but being mentally fit is equally as important. Swimming can help with this and that is why we have explored 5 reasons why swimming is great for your little one!
Happier, Healthier Children
The physical benefits of swimming are possibly the most obvious. Swimming is a great workout that promotes heart and lung health, improves strength, flexibility and even balance and posture! Let's not forget it’s great for getting the blood pumping and can be done by any ability and at any pace!
Develops Social Skills
At all ages, swimming provides an opportunity to develop social skills, make new friends and learn how to respect others. Our swim! programme provides children with the opportunity to communicate with others of a similar age, work together in a team and engage with other adults. Some of the social skills included in swimming are listening, following directions, taking turns and respecting others.
Parents are always surprised by the mental benefits our programme brings. Swimming can strengthen the mind in more ways than one and with modern day pressures put on us all, we love how our little swimmers can gain huge mental benefits from the sport we love so much.
Swimming is a fun and effective way to relieve any stress your child may be under, possibly more so than other type of physical exercise! Being in contact with water can help to loosen up your child's body and mind.
At swim! we understand each child has their own journey – with their own successes and falls. We celebrate and support each child individually as they work through our programme and achieve their awards. It may be attempting a new stroke, setting new goals or persevering until they have reached their target… but our teachers are there throughout the journey leading to improved confidence and self-esteem in our swimmers.
Let’s Not Forget, It’s Fun!
Spending time in the water can be positive for children’s mental health and well-being as it releases endorphins in the brain, which improves mood and decrease anxiety. Children could enjoy swimming more than other types of exercise, so, if you provide your children with opportunities to swim, they may be more likely to exercise.
Here at swim!, it is our mission to create the best opportunity for children to learn to swim and love to swim! Not only so they can swim before leaving primary school, but to help develop their overall character, confidence and social skills too.