Benefits of Swimming: Safety, Discipline and Fun


  • Post Image

    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 and get started today.

    Find Camps and Classes Near You



Activity University Activity Academy Blog[-]

Activity advice, videos, and more...

  • Expert Posts & Discussions

    • After School Expert Logo

      After School Expert


      Balancing Fall Activities with Back to School

      Whether your child can't wait for the first day of school, or is dreading school's return, heading back to school is a huge adjustment.  Taking school's impact into consideration when planning fall activities can make the season more enjoyable for the whole family.   . . . more

  • Video Posts

    • Swimming Video Thumb
      Parent Child Swimming Class

      Mom and Dad help babies and toddlers become familiar with and comfortable in the water using fun games and songs. . . . more videos

    • Swimming Video Thumb
      Swimming Class for Autistic Children

      Children with autism gain confidence in the water through swimming lessons. . . . more videos

    • Swimming Video Thumb
      Preschool Swimming Lesson

      Preschoolers learn to move and float in the water, gaining confidence and independence through swimming lessons. . . . more videos