Why your child should learn to swim
Ensuring your child learns to swim at an early age not only provides endless health and social benefits, but could also one day save their life. Sadly, drowning is still the third most common form of accidental death in children, so learning to swim really is an essential life skill.
The great thing about swimming is that children of any age, size or ability can take part – and it is more accessible to children with disabilities than most other sports. What’s more, children absolutely love swimming, with one in three saying it’s their favourite family activity, so always save time for laughter and splashes as your child learns to swim.
But that’s not all, as learning to swim:
- keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves their strengths and flexibility, increases their stamina and even improves their balance and posture
- gives your child more opportunities to make friends and gain confidence
- opens the door to countless other sports and activities, including swimming with dolphins, scuba diving in exotic locations, rowing and sailing or even becoming the next Olympic champion
- is a skill for life that once learnt is rarely forgotten – there are even events for swimmers aged over 100
- can provide challenges for your child, from working through the Kellogg’s ASA Awards to perhaps one day swimming the English Channel.