Why Swimming Is More Than a Sport

Soccer, Tee-ball, ballet, piano lessons. ‘Tis the season of endless extracurricular activities and buttoning up the busy back to school schedule. But before you put swim lessons into the extracurricular box, pause for a moment to reflect on the overall goal of swim lessons: To save your child’s life.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. Year-round swim lessons give children every skill they need to remain safe in and around the water as well as the instinctual knowledge of how to react in an emergency situation.

While sports, music lessons and dance certainly contribute to valuable life goals, swim lessons are one of the only activities that can be classified as a necessary life skill, similar to reading, writing, learning to cross the street and tying shoes. Knowing how to swim safely and properly is necessary for a lifetime of water safety.  And other activities simply can’t claim that.

Beyond safety, swimming offers academic benefits.

Those are some pretty impressive benefits that children gain in the water! But the benefits of swimming don’t stop there!

As with other physical activities, swimming is an excellent source of exercise, burning 500-700 calories per hour. In fact, according to Swimming World Magazine, swimming is an all-body exercise and uses more muscles than baseball and football.

At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we understand the level of commitment it takes on the part of parents, grandparents and caregivers to keep children in year-round swim lessons. Over the course of 28+ years, we have witnessed millions of children — just like yours —  become safe and confident swimmers. And those life skills are worth keeping at the top of your to do list.