Learning to swim is something that should be done from an early age. Formal swimming lessons can start as early as age 4. There are programmes out there that provide water safety lessons and swimming readiness for children that are as young as 6 months old. Introducing swimming in schools helps students acquire water safety and swimming skills. This helps reduce the chances and risks of drowning. Swimming is also a great way to teach kids some life skills. The child will grow in confidence as they progress in their lessons; this doesn’t stop in the pool. The confidence gained will go with them throughout the day and in all they do. This can also help to improve academic achievements.
Swimming is also a great sport where teamwork can be developed as well as helping to achieve individual accomplishments. Some more ways swimming can help your child:
- Improves fitness and overall health
- Social skills can be improved
- Improves gross motor skills and coordination
- Helps build endurance and cardiovascular health
- Swimming can be seen as the only sport that is actually life-saving.
- Swimming is also a great activity for children with asthma. Many of these kids are discouraged from taking any kind of sport in school.
Swimming indoors is especially good as there is a bit more humidity that keeps the airway open. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular sports at the Olympic Games, so having a school swimming team can be a great start for learners. The ultimate goal would be to include swimming in the school curriculum, as it is in England. There all children that leave primary school are confident in water safety and are able to swim.
The competitive swimming events include:
- The individual mixture of all techniques
All of these events are done at different distances from 200 to 400 metres in an Olympic competition. For the younger competitive swimmers in competitions, there is also a 100 metre event.