It’s winter and it’s cold, dark and wet! We get it! It’s hard to get out and into a pair of bathers for a swimming lesson. But did you know there are many benefits as a result of regular swimming lessons during the cooler months?
Swimming is a great way to keep fit during winter
During winter, kids can get restless not being able to run around and stay active because of the cold weather. Swimming is a great way to remain fit while being in an indoor environment, it’s a sure way to keep those energy levels maintained without having to worry about being in the cold and wet weather.
Keep those winter bugs at bay
Higher fitness levels gained through year-round swimming build stronger immune systems that make a child more resilient to stress and illness. Some parents withdraw their children from swimming classes when the temperature drops believing it will help avoid illness – it is an old wives’ tale that children who have ‘wet hair’ or who ‘go out into the cold’ get sick. From experience, children who swim throughout winter are far less likely catch far less colds and flu.
It’s always warm at Kingswim
To keep kids and babies comfortable, we have a constant water temperature of between 32-33 degrees. Which means even on gloomy winter days, it’s always a nice day for a swim!
Continuing swimming lessons year-round helps to maintain and build confidence and independence in the water
A discontinuation of lessons through the winter months typically results in a decline in a child’s confidence and independence in the water, as well as a drop in technique and stamina, within a period of several weeks or even less. Here’s the thing; when you enrol your child in swim lessons only during the warmer months, they may not have the skills already set up for that current year’s water activities. Sure, lessons in the summer are fun but let’s face it – staggering your child’s swimming progress to several months every year isn’t going to get them very far. They may forget many things they had practiced, meaning you’ll need even more summers of lessons before you’re comfortable just watching them from the side.
Repetition is key for long-term skill retention
Children need to maintain and reinforce existing skills to advance and develop their ability in the water. Months of summer lessons end up “going to waste” as swimmers lose their “feel for the water” both physically and psychologically. Such maintenance and reinforcement is particularly important for infant, toddler and pre-school aged children when long-term skill retention and muscle memory are starting to develop
Ensuring your child is confident in the water could save their lives
Accidents can happen at any time of year in the water, so it’s important that children understand how to handle emergencies and stay confident in the water. Maintaining swimming lessons throughout winter helps to reinforce their swimming and safety skills so they are prepared if something goes wrong. We have a safety program as part of our lesson plan, to ensure that swimmers are armed with the skills if they are faced with an emergency in the water.
Swimming makes you smarter and gives your child advantages across other life skills
Swimming has been proven to assist in brain development and for school-aged children, is regarded as vital for the development of academic performance, as well as coordination, motor skills, balance and concentration. Six months out of the water across the winter’s break can lead to problems such as fear of the water and a decline in performance.
Continuation helps to combat fear and anxiety in the water
Continued participation in swimming lessons across winter is the best way to prevent otherwise unwanted outcomes that may include being scared of the water, worried about the depth of the water, or just feeling uncomfortable in and around water. By not continually attending swimming lessons, it invariably leads to a child being unable to perform at the level they were previously able and, in turn, to a decline in confidence and performance.
Cure cabin fever!
Get the kids out of the house and away from screens. Swimming is a great way to cure your little one’s cabin fever, while still having fun.
Winter is a great time to get ahead in the pool
Winter is the perfect time to focus on developing and fine-tuning skills in the water. From May to the end of August, we’re offering 50% off second weekly lessons to help your little one get ahead. Talk to our reception or pool deck staff next time you’re in centre. Click here for more details on the offer.
Poor weather makes it hard to get out of the house and be active. Many families look for indoor activities for their kids during winter. Look no more! Winter swim lessons burn off energy, cure cabin fever, and gets them ready for nothing but fun by the pool in the summer. Keep your little ones swimming this winter with Kingswim.