It’s that time of year again! The kids are headed back to school and this can make things a little difficult when it comes to scheduling time for your child’s swim lessons. From homework and extracurricular activities to school sports and earlier bedtimes, the school year can mean a packed schedule for kids and parents alike.
While it may be tempting to postpone your child’s swim lessons during the school year, there are a number of reasons you shouldn’t. Today, we’ll be giving you the top 5 reasons you should continue swim lessons during the school year.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children between the ages of 6 and 17 should be getting an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. While you may think that these standards will be met throughout the school year due to your child’s P.E. class at school, it’s unlikely to be enough.
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that physical education classes are held at a frequency of 2.4 days per week on average for students in grades 1-5. While this varies from one school to another, this average means that most schools aren’t meeting the physical activity standards recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Swimming is widely considered to be one of the best forms of exercise as it is great for building cardio and strength abilities simultaneously. As your child grows older, these are particularly important abilities to build as they are fundamental to our overall sense of health and wellness. So while you may think that physical education classes are a viable substitute for your child’s swim lessons, you may want to reconsider.
In addition to the physical health benefits your child will receive through regular swimming lessons, there are a number of mental health benefits to keep in mind as well. Ask most children how they feel about the school year, and you’re likely to get a few less than enthusiastic responses. Your child’s education is important and doing everything that you can to foster a love for learning is fundamental to their success. Unfortunately, children that are bored, stressed, or made anxious by school are likely to have a difficult time performing at their best.
Swimming is a great way of relieving stress and by continuing your child’s swim lessons during the school year, you’ll give them the chance to reap these benefits. Believe it or not, swimming involves a lot of meditative breathing we all experience every time we take a dip, whether we notice it or not. In order to swim well, it is recommended to follow a practice of inhaling and exhaling in unison with your body’s movements. This focus on breathing promotes an inherent sense of calm. While it can be easy to forget all of the daily stress that our kids experience during the school year, everyone deserves a routine that will help them forget their worries. By keeping your child enrolled in swim lessons during the school year, you’ll allow them a valuable opportunity to destress each and every week.
Use it or Lose it
It’s a phrase that everyone has heard in school at one time or another, “Use it or lose it”. While this advice is typically applied to activities like reading or practicing your multiplication tables, it rings true for swim lessons, too!
Repetition and practice are two of the most important components when it comes to learning and maintaining any new life skill. This is especially true if your child hasn’t been enrolled in swimming lessons for very long. No matter how confident you may be in your child’s swimming abilities, an entire school year without exposure to swimming can spell trouble for all of the progress they’ve made so far. At H2.O Aquatics, we believe that continuous practice results in mastery. Don’t be like other parents- help your child get ahead and stay ahead. You’ll be surprised by how much confidence they’ll gain in the process.
It isn’t uncommon to see a dip in the number of active swim students during the school year. Many parents just don’t know the advantages that come with keeping their child enrolled in swim lessons during the school year. This inevitably results in much quieter pools and a more peaceful swimming environment for the students who continue their lessons.
Of all the reasons you should continue swim lessons during the school year, this one is the most advantageous for students that would benefit from extra attention. If your local swim school offers group lessons, there’s a very high chance that those “group” lessons are about to turn into private swim lessons. If your child could benefit from one-on-one lessons but has been unable to get them due to a lack of swim instructor availability, for example, this might be the time to make it possible!
Preparing for Swim Teams
Even if your child is fairly advanced in their swimming abilities, there’s a lot to be gained from staying enrolled in their lessons during the school year. If your child has a love for swimming, it’s likely they may show some interest in joining their school’s swim team. While they will be required to attend swim practices, keeping their regular swim lessons on the side could be a great help.
This way, your child will be able to sharpen their skills in an environment outside of swim practice where they will be able to work on the areas that are most important to their progress. In a swim practice environment, your child will primarily be viewed as a part of a team and it’s unlikely their coach will be able to apply the same amount of attention to their individual goals as a swimmer. Luckily, your child’s swim instructor has you covered. Make sure your child is getting all the help they need to succeed on their school’s swim team and beyond.