Learning how to swim is something you’d think most people learn in their childhood, but you’d be surprised at just how many people don’t know how to swim. In fact, only 56% of the adult population in the United States is capable of swimming well enough to save their own life or the lives of someone else from drowning, while 20% of the population can’t swim at all.
Even those in landlocked states, where rates of non-swimmers are the highest, need to know how to swim. Children in all states are exposed to bodies of water like swimming pools, lakes, streams, or even open septic systems.
If your child can not swim, this poses a significant safety hazard. Many children have drowned because they were not properly taught.
Endurance & Fitness
Beyond the obvious safety reasons, swimming is also a very effective exercise which is very safe when undertaken appropriately. Swimming helps to build and tone muscles without placing additional weight on joints.
Swimming is also incredibly fun which may be why many children seem innately attracted to the water in the first place. Your children will be staying fit without even knowing they are doing so.
It is vital that all children know how to swim so that they can be safe around water. Private swimming lessons are best for the inexperienced or very young, whereas group lessons are a terrific way to hone older children’s skills.
Families with multiple children may find it a promising idea to have older children certified as lifeguards, as this presents an extra set of eyes and arms in the event of an emergency. This will also train older children how to save themselves if they have an emergency, giving you extra time to reach them.