There are many benefits of learning to swim at an early age. Studies show that children who are taught to swim, by the age of 5, have an increased sense of confidence, are ahead in their cognitive and physical development and are more likely to have higher IQ’s (due to an early exposure to sensory and motor stimuli in the water). Learning this skill by this age can also help in developing math skills. Better oral expression and social skills are also wonderful benefits of swimming.
“Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5-24.”Livestrong.org
- Helps to keep heart and lungs healthier (due to Cardiovascular exercise)
- Relieved strain on joints and connective tissue
- Decreased risk for childhood obesity
- Helps to boost metabolism
Believe it or not, some mental health benefits link to swimming. The water promotes relaxation, and the swimming activity in and of itself can better moods.
Learning to swim also encourages social interactions because it’s a fun, engaging activity that often involves children playing together. Those who have developed the ability to swim have the opportunity to participate in water sports later on in life; such as joining the crew team, swim team or surf team.
Take a look at our Swim Steps 1, 2, 3 blog post for tips on teaching your child to swim!