Why should my child participate in swimming?

The ability to swim is an essential skill that all children should know.

The ability to swim is an essential skill that all children should know.

Parents have a lot to consider when signing up their children for sports and other extracurricular activities. Costs, time commitment and overall benefit are all factors that can help you make your decision. If you haven't thought much about swimming before, you may want to consider adding swimming to your child's list of possible activities.

Here are some benefits of the sport:

  • Encourages a positive attitude – Swimming teaches young athletes how to develop and strive to reach tangible goals. Reaching these milestones can boost a child's self-esteem and help them develop a positive attitude. 
  • Increases water satiety skills –  Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. The ability to swim is a life-saving skill. Participating in competitive swimming, even for just a few months, can increase your child's confidence in the water and prevent them from panicking during a risky incident.  
  • Promotes lifetime fitness – Some sports can only be played for a short period of time because of the negative impact that they can have on the body. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that also provides a full body workout. Once your child has mastered the foundations of the sport, they can continue working out in the pool for most of their lives. 
  • Teaches the intricacies of sportsmanship - Being a good athlete involves more than just putting on competitive swimwear and spending a few minutes in the pool. Swimming teaches young athletes how to deal with teammates, coaches and officials along with how to win and lose gracefully.