Benefits of Swimming: Safety, Discipline and Fun

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    By: USA Swimming

    Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages.  It promotes fitness and endurance, goal-setting and time management. Also, as both an individual and a team sport, swimming offers kids the chance to learn to function as a member of a team, make friends and most importantly, have fun.

    Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to be a good winner and a good loser, taking direction from coaches, practicing discipline and commitment. 

    Another thing you may not know about swimming is that it is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports. Swimming is low impact, a great outlet for kids with energy to burn, and a fantastic full-body workout.

    Perhaps most importantly of all, swimming is more than a recreational skill, it’s a life skill and it’s one that could save your child’s life.  Every child should learn to swim.
     
    So what should your goals be for your child? You may think we’re talking about medals and ribbons. We’re not. The most important things your child can learn as a swimmer are:

    Did he/she learn to swim with more skill this past season so he or she is both stronger and safer in the water?

    Did he/she learn to exhibit initiative, wanting to come to the pool and do the practice without having to be constantly pushed or prodded by parents and coaches?

    Did he/she learn something about unselfishness, sacrificing his or her personal wants for the good of others or the team?

    Did he/she child benefit from the competitive experience, learning how to handle winning and losing in our competitive society?

    Did he/she learn more patience in overcoming obstacles, setbacks and problems?

    Did he/she child learn empathy?
     
    In a few years, the medals and ribbons will be laid aside and best times will be a hazy memory. The friendships that will develop and the life skills learned will carry on for a lifetime.

    If you want your child to experience all the benefits of competitive swimming, just visit USA Swimming’s club finder at www.usaswimming.org/join and get started today.

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