My older two children have now been enrolled in Goldfish Swim School for a full year. We take weekly, 30 minute swim lessons. I can honestly admit that even after a full year, it is still something they look forward to every week.
But it’s not for every child, there are plenty of children who end swim lessons after a few weeks or right at the start of spring/summer.
Here are 4 fascinating reasons to KEEP your child enrolled in swim lessons:
1. Swimming lessons may save your child’s life.
Knowing how to swim can help prevent drowning. One of the reasons we love Goldfish so much is they are always enforcing safety. We will spend all summer at the pool or on a boat, and it helps me rest a little easier knowing they know how to float, tread water, and get to safety.
2. It takes a while for kids to adjust to swimming.
For some children, it takes quite a bit of time to adjust to having water splashed on their face, or going under the water. If you let your little swimmer quit swim lessons before they’re really comfortable in the water, he or she — and you — may miss out on seeing some extraordinary results. Give your children time to adjust to the water.
3. Swimming is great cardiovascular exercise — and helps burn energy.
AMEN! Did you know that swimming works every muscle group? It’s such a fantastic way to exercise — without even realizing that you’re exercising! It strengthens all the muscles, which is great prep for any other sport your little swimmer may decide to join. Plus, it wears my children out. WIN!
4. These aren’t just swim lessons; they’re LIFE lessons.
You probably know several adults who don’t know how to swim or who are afraid of the water. I know I do. As a parent, it’s just very important to me that all three of my children know how to swim, for life!
As the warmer weather finally heads our way, we won’t be slowing down anytime soon on the swim lessons. It truly amazes me to see how far my kids have come with their weekly swim lessons.
I’ll be enrolling Adam in to the school soon, as well!
Barbara FisherMay 1, 2018 at 12:12 am
Mmmmm…. Your post made me smile. Great advice! But then I thought about myself who took swim lessons just last year with my daughter. I quit the second week. It was only a 2 week course, I think. But I gave up. I mainly signed up because I wanted confidence. I basically know how to swim but I lack the confidence to swim in the deep end in our pool. So, this year, I hope my husband will help me instead. Thanks for the reminder! And again, great advice.