When parents consider swimming classes for kids, the main reason is so they can learn to swim and feel comfortable and safe in the water. But what many people don’t consider is that attending swim lessons can better prepare children for life down the track.
A research report from Griffith University found children who participate in early-years swimming achieve many milestones quicker than other kids – across physical, cognitive and language development. Kingswim Carindale Centre Manager, Marina Burley said as a mother she understands the importance of children being comfortable in the water from the get-go. “The early years are the prime time to learn a life skill like swimming,” she said. “We see day-in-day-out the improvements in ability and confidence with the kids who’ve been swimming with us since a young age.
“Whether your child is 12 months or 12 years old, like you, we’ve been there before. It’s the little things we do both in and out of the water that makes learning this essential life skill a meaningful and enjoyable experience for parents and kids alike.” Griffith University Professor Robyn Jorgensen said the benefits of enrolling your children to swim school early are tenfold. “Parents usually enrol their children in swimming so they will be safer around water, but there are far more benefits from learning to swim,” she said. “Where there is a high-quality swimming school, children can learn more literacy and numeracy skills, can gain wonderful social skills and it can help in the school transition process. Learning to swim offers much more than water safety and swim skills.”
Kingswim’s Foundation program has been specifically designed to teach kids all the skills they will ever need to be safe and have fun in and around the water. With excellent results, greater flexibility and value for money in mind, the program is for babies from 12 weeks through to children aged three. “By offering parents more incentives to encourage their children to learn to swim as early as possible, we hope to make a real difference in the lives of Brisbane families,” Marina said. “Following Foundation our Kingswimmers progress to Independent, Competent and Graduate lessons – taking them right through ‘till 12 years. “It’s so important that children take lessons consistently throughout the year, not just in summer, for the best opportunity at becoming strong, safe swimmers.”
Australian young-gun swimmer and Kingswim ambassador Shayna Jack learned to swim when she was little and thanks her parents for setting her up with the life skill. “I started learning to swim at the age of two as my parents thought it was important for me to at least learn, so in any situation I would be able to swim,” she said. “I grew up watching my older brothers go to learn-to-swim classes at our local swim centre. My parents could see my envy while I was sitting on the sidelines watching so they joined me up too. “Along with this, I loved the sport and the feel of being in the water from day one. Swimming has always been the best decision myself and my parents have made for me as a child and young adult.”
Written in collaboration with Kingswim