Knowing how to swim is a valuable skill that can keep anyone safe in the water. However, at H2O Aquatics, we believe learning to swim at an early age is more than just a safety precaution or survival skill! We believe that teaching your children to swim builds important life skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, such as confidence, resiliency, goal-setting, self-discipline, and problem-solving. After all, learning how to stay afloat in turbulent, dangerous waters is what life is all about; children need to know how to survive independently, and swimming can impart many valuable lessons to help them do so.
The first thing most children learn how to do in the water is float. This can often be a struggle as it feels unnatural: children are naturally inclined to want to keep their head out of the water in order to protect their ability to breathe. However, encouraging them to learn to float is about more than just safety in the water. This lesson teaches children fear-facing and tackling their insecurities head-on.
As children learn to float, they also learn that sometimes, even though an activity seems scary and dangerous, once they try it, they realize they had no reason to be afraid! Swimming skills also build on each other, so as they tackle one fear and learn one skill, they will successfully tackle more fears and learn more skills, encouraging them to continue to face their fears head-on.
At H2O Aquatics, we understand the importance of encouraging children to tackle their fears. As your child learns to swim, they will develop crucial life skills to help them confront their fears head on.
Swim skills generally are not something children pick up on the first try. Whether it is a swan dive turned belly flop or a float that just won’t hold, children often fail before they succeed at swimming. However, at H2O Aquatics, we always encourage children to learn from their mistakes and try again. No matter how many times they fall, we help them up, brush them off, and encourage them to keep practicing.
Swimming lessons teach children resiliency: as they learn that no amount of water up the nose can stop them from trying again, they learn to practice that same toughness in other aspects of their life. As children age, they are faced with all sorts of roadblocks: fights with friends, failed tests, first love and first heartbreak. Children who learn resiliency through swimming are more well-equipped to handle these problems and to trust in their own ability to bounce back.
As children are able to see their swim skills improve through practice and repetition despite their failures, they learn another valuable life skill: confidence. Swimming positions children in situations that challenge them and rewards for overcoming those challenges. This instills in them a level of confidence that will benefit them in a variety of life situations as they continue to grow.
In fact, a study at Healthy Cells Magazine found that children who took part in swimming lessons from two months to four years old were better able to adapt to new situations and had better self-confidence and independence than non-swimmers. At H2O Aquatics, we have heard many stories of parents throwing their little ones into the water and allowing them to figure out how to get back to the surface on their own. While this may be a scary experience for them, most children end up realizing they can get back to the surface and, more importantly, they can do it on their own. This kind of confidence helps children navigate the many perils of growing up.
For every problem a child faces in the water, H2O instructors always have a solution. No matter what a student is struggling with, our instructors are careful to make it clear that in the water, there is always a way to survive. Children learn to get in and out of the pool safely, float, tread water, go underwater, and swim forward. Whatever obstacle they may face while swimming, H2O instructors teach their students these five important swim skills and beyond so that they can navigate those obstacles.
In learning these skills, children also learn problem-solving skills that will help them more easily navigate independent adult life. As they navigate the new terrain of learning to tread water or how to swim using different strokes, children also learn how to tackle their fears in new, constructive ways.
Many children who are encouraged to swim from a young age eventually end up in competitive swimming. In competitive swimming lessons, children are timed and then encouraged to beat their previous time for a particular stroke or event. This teaches children self-motivation and goal setting.
As they compete with themselves, they learn they are responsible for their own improvement. They can also set tangible goals and create plans and practice routines to meet those goals. This process teaches children important skills in setting goals and self-discipline, skills that will be important in their academic and professional careers.
Teaching Valuable Life Skills Through Swimming
Understanding how to navigate difficult situations comes through trial and error as we struggle. Learning how to swim is initially difficult, but signing your children up for swim lessons when they’re young will benefit them as they learn how to handle and overcome hardships early on.
Many studies show that parents who start swim lessons at a young age for their children raise more successful, happier children. The skill development that occurs when learning to swim teaches children self-discipline, confidence, resiliency, fear-facing, and problem-solving. This allows children more academic success and supplies them with the tools necessary to not just survive, but thrive in a myriad of situations.
We here at H2O Aquatics truly believe in teaching children these skills through swimming. Our swim instructors understand that they aren’t just teaching students to swim, but that they are an integral part of encouraging them to develop the skills they will need to survive in the turbulent waters of adult life.
Contact H2O Aquatics today to schedule your child’s first swimming lesson!