Swimming Ideas Podcast 015: 11 Reasons to Start Swim Lessons

Safety

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WHY LEARN TO SWIM?

USA Swimming promotes learn to swim as an introduction to the activity of swimming, but more importantly we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water. Swim lessons can begin a lifelong the progression of aquatic activity.

This section introduces parents to Make a Splash, the water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation and links to providers who are partners in this effort.

Water Safety Education for Children Ages 1-4

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in many places in the United States, including Broward County, Fla. To proactively attack this problem, the Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force has initiated numerous programs and campaigns to raise awareness about drowning. One effort is to spread the need for water safety education. Research shows that children who learn water safety skills also reap benefits in overall cognitive, physical and emotional development…and it may also save their lives! However water safety education must be done correctly, following established skill upon skill development taught in a loving, fun and positively reinforced environment.

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 2 Life skill

 3 Open opportunities – swim with friends, boating, beaches, pools

 4 Weightlessness good feeling

Water’s buoyancy accommodates the unfit as well as the fit. Water cushions stiff joints or fragile bones that might be injured by the impact of land exercises. When immersed to the waist, your body bears just 50% of its weight; immersed to the chest, it’s 25%-35%; and to the neck, 10%.

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 5 Healthy low impact sport

 6 Great aerobic activity – heart health

 7 Learn life skills: repetition, hard work have tangible payoffs

 8 They’ll be more successful in their 30’s when they start doing triathlons

 9 That awesome swimmer body

 10 Make friends and be a part of a team

 11 Remove fear

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