Autumn is here, the kids are back to school and family life has returned to normal. With shorter and colder days ahead, it’s now time to carefully plan out-of-school activities for your children. An ideal activity should be fun, keep your child physically active and teach a new skill. Still unsure of what activities to pick? Children’s swimming lessons are a must and here’s why.
Children’s Swimming are Great Fun!
Swimming is a number one family leisure activity in the U.K. Most parents would agree that swimming pool visits are the most fun part of summer holidays for children and generally a pleasurable activity to do over the weekends. But, swimming can really be enjoyable if everybody in the family can swim. Did you think it was a big shame when your child couldn’t really swim properly last summer? If yes, now it’s a good time to book swim lessons and plan a much better pool experience for the whole family for next summer- be proactive.
Floats Are Not Substitutes for Children’s Swimming Lessons
We know floatation devices and specially armbands are very popular during holiday seasons and many parents with children who cannot swim tend to rely on armbands and lifejackets to get their kids in the sea or pool. What parents need to be mindful that flotation devices and armbands give children a false sense of confidence and security. Children start to think they can travel in water without actually knowing how to float.
Of course, safety and enjoyment are very important when you are on holiday, but, when your child is relying solely on floats to swim, it always keep you worrying about their safety. We have heard it so many times from parents that at the back of their heads they always had this worry when they were on summer holidays and they had to keep their eyes glued to the pool.
Children Need to Learn to Swim
When you were on holiday this summer, did you think maybe your child’s swimming ability was not exactly at the par with the other children? If yes, be mindful that learning to swim is a process and not an event and it takes a few terms of swimming lessons to become a confident swimmer.
The younger a child starts swimming, the better and the easier the process will be. At BlueWave Swim School, from age 3 years old, children can have swim lessons without their parents being in water with them. There is a misconception if swim lessons start when children are 5 years old, they will learn to swim easier and much faster. Unfortunately, that is not very true. 5 year old children are more coordinated children compared to younger ones but, they don’t learn to swim any faster, if they are not water confident. Plus, sometimes children can get more fearful of water as they get older so, don’t delay your child’s swim lessons.
Other Benefits of Children’s Swimming Lessons
England’s Chief Medical Officer recommends children are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day, every day. Only 17.5% of children are meeting this target and 32.9% of children are active less than 30 minutes a day. Weekly swimming lessons provides with a routine for getting away from the screen and being active. For half an hour to an hour, children at swimming lessons are participating in a recommended duration of physical activity.
Blue Wave Swim School is an award wining swim lessons in south west London. With a team of professional and qualified teachers, we can help every child to develop the love of water and learn to swim including children with autism and other learning disabilities.
Lessons in Wimbledon (SW19) and Putney (SW15). Enquire about our private and group lessons for 2019 Autumn term.
Call 020 80901415, email: email@example.com,uk or visit the Blue Waves Swim School website.
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