Learning to swim is a rite of passage every child should enjoy. Not only does this skill help build confidence, but it also ensures they can stay safe while enjoying summertime fun.
Whether your children are beginners in the pool or already have basic swimming skills, there are plenty of good reasons to enroll them in indoor swimming lessons. Here are a few of the most important.
1. Improved Water Safety
For many parents, the number one benefit of swim lessons is the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child is a strong swimmer. No matter how closely you try to watch your children, you can't be there every second. When your child feels comfortable in the water and knows what to do in a water emergency the chances of accidental drowning are greatly reduced.
2. Better Self-esteem
As children continue to develop their swimming skills, they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. During swimming lessons, instructors set measurable goals for each child. As children achieve these goals and move through the ranks to more advanced classes, their self-confidence and self-esteem continue to grow. Enrolling children in indoor swim lessons gives them the chance to continue developing these skills all year long. This leads to an even greater boost in self-esteem.
3. Positive Peer Interaction
While some families prefer one-on-one lessons, this format lacks the benefit of positive peer interactions. Learning to swim in a group environment allows your child to observe what the others are doing. This is often a big help for children that are fearful around water or take a bit of time to warm up to new experiences. Group classes also allow children to make new friends.
4. Physical Wellbeing
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. It builds muscle tone from head-to-toe and improves endurance. With so many children wanting to spend most of their time indoors playing with electronic devices, it's harder than ever to ensure your children get enough exercise. Swim lessons encourage physical activity and help children learn how to have fun doing something that doesn't involve screen time. Year-round indoor swim lessons help establish a routine, which is sometimes better for children than lessons that are only held during the summer months.
5. Boosted Brain Power
There's plenty of evidence that shows the connection between consistent physical exercise and improved brain function. Children who stay active often have higher test scores and do better in school as a whole when compared with children who have more sedentary lifestyles.
These are just a few of the benefits your children will enjoy when they begin taking swim lessons. The good news is, you don't have to wait until summer to get started. The SkyView and Centennial Hills Y locations both offer year-round indoor swim lessons. The outdoor pools at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich and Durango Hills locations will also open for lessons in May. Stop by to register your child today or sign up online – www.lasvegasymca.org.