If you already know how to swim you might take for granted
the value of this skill. But for many people the idea of learning how to swim can be frightening and seemingly impossible.
The importance of being able to swim can vary from lifesaving to recreational. Here are six reasons why everyone – no matter what their age – should learn how to swim.
#1: It Could Be a Life Saver
Swimming is an essential life skill and is one sport that has the potential of being a true life saver. Swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning. Children enrolled in formal swimming lessons had an 88% reduced risk of drowning.
#2: It’s A Great Workout
Swimming is a great total body workout, strengthening the core, legs and arms. It is an ideal alternative to running since it is low-impact on joints. Plus, swimming also helps develop muscle coordination and flexibility.
#3: Everyone’s Doing It!
Swimming is a social activity! Public pools – both indoor and outdoor- are popular places no matter what time of year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for to make new friends and feel connected to the community.
#4: Anybody Can Do It!
One of the greatest things about swimming is that anyone, no matter what age they are, can learn to be confident in the water and master the skill of swimming. It’s never too late to learn!
#5: Water Sports
Being able to swim opens up a lot of recreational possibilities that wouldn’t be safe to practice otherwise: surfing, kayaking, boat fishing, water skiing, sailing, snorkeling and tubing (just to mention a few!).
#6: Swimming Is Fun!
Really, it is! It’s a fantastic and versatile activity that can be done all year round, indoors and outdoors, alone or in a team, at a beach or in a pool, as a competitive sport or as a recreational activity with friends and family.