I was a fish: a natural born swimmer when I was a kid.
I was probably around nine years old when I first started taking actual swimming lessons and I remember excelling and moving on to higher levels quickly.
It wasn’t before long that I passed the Public Swimming Pool swim test. Passing allowed me to get into the pool without an adult…game on! I spent most of my summers as a kid at the local public swimming pool…like a boss LoL. (It was this same pool that later when I was in High School, me and two friends climbed the fence and took a midnight dip…but that’s another story.)
Some children are not natural swimmer, some are. But here’s the thing. Whatever the level, get your kids in the pool. If you don’t feel you can at least teach them the basics, get them lessons, but get them in the water. The younger, the better.
- Drowning is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. (kidshealth.org)
- Swimming is probably the most perfect exercise. It promotes heart and lung health and improves strength and flexibility. Further, it increases stamina and improves posture and a great way to prevent childhood obesity.
- Emotionally, it helps to relieve stress and aids in relaxation. Swimming can elevate mood and be great for social bonding.
- A four-year study out of Australia reveals that the younger children start swimming the smarter they become with intellectual and social skills.
And that is just to name a few benefits. Confidence in and out of the water is something every kiddo should have.
On a side note, when I went through USMC aquatic training, I was picked to be a “Body Dummy” used to train in the rescue at sea scenario. I was a human buoy. LOL
So what are you waiting for? Swim on!