The New Year’s Resolution to Add to Your List for 2016
Now that the holidays are over, many parents start thinking, “What’s next?” Amidst the New Year’s resolutions, and goal-setting for 2016, families usually also start planning ahead for their spring and summer vacations. Many of these vacations are spent around the water, whether at a pool, at the ocean, or at a lake. However, as parents book their hotel rooms and reserve their plane tickets, they sometimes forget to make sure that their kids know how to swim.
Unfortunately some families wait until just a couple of weeks before their vacation to sign their kids up for swim lessons. At that point, they look for a quick crash course, and then find themselves in a quandary, when their child’s swimming skills are not at the level that is needed to enjoy swimming while on vacation.
Learning to swim takes commitment of both time and finances. It is not a one-time event, but rather a journey that consists of many phases and steps. Children must first learn breath control and buoyancy, then kicking, strokes, treading water, etc. Therefore, it is impossible for kids to suddenly become proficient swimmers, in a matter of just a few lessons. Parents should plan ahead and sign their children up for swim lessons early in the year, in order to be prepared for the spring/summer vacations and parties.
A second reason to add swim lessons to your New Year’s resolutions is that swimming has many health benefits. It is good exercise for kids, and helps to develop long lean muscles. It is also good for the respiratory system and the heart as well. Physicians say that swim lessons also help with cognitive development, motor skills, and coordination.
Lastly, and most importantly, parents should add swim lessons to their list of New Year’s Resolutions because drowning sadly is not a seasonal occurrence, but rather a year-round, worldwide epidemic. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 14 years of age. The pool is just as much, if not more of a danger to kids in the winter time as it is in the summer time. When a child falls in to a very cold body of water, panic quickly sets in, therefore even a child who was well-skilled in the summer time, is at a higher risk for drowning in the winter, especially if he or she has been out of practice for a few months.
It is best to keep children in swim lessons year-round, so that they are constantly exposed to the water and constantly maintaining their skills. Children who swim year-round, remain confident and comfortable, in and around the water, through all seasons.
Katrina Brandhagen is the Owner/Director of All Star Swim Academy. For more information on swim lessons for students of all ages and abilities, please call 702-565-3824 or visit www.allstarswimacademy.com