Swimming Lessons and Baby Swimming Lessons are like any other skill, you need to practice on a regular basis to create muscle memory to deliver the required response when needed.
If you don’t use it – you’ll lose it…
As the saying goes “If you don’t use it you lose it” and this is true when it comes to learning to swim.
As learning to swim is a technical activity, it takes longer to develop the skills needed to perform the tasks at hand.
As adults, we often don’t remember how we learnt to swim. We take it for granted that it’s something we just know how to do, like walking and talking. It’s not until we see our little ones struggling to learn to swim, that we realise how hard it can be.
Swimming Lessons are best done All-Year-Round
The general perception of swimming lessons is that it’s done in summer. Then from Easter to October children might participate in other winter sports.
While these other sports are fun, encouraging and offer other skills for our children… what are they gaining long term from these sports in regards to their safety and wellbeing?
Swimming is a complementary sport to all land sports as it is aerobic based and keeps children fit, lean and strong in all areas. Instead of dropping swimming to take up your winter sports, you can do both and give your child the best of both worlds.
Let’s talk numbers for a minute, missing 2 terms of swimming lessons during the winter isn’t much you say?
Yet children attend swimming lessons once per week for 10 weeks per term – and if your child swims for all 4 terms, your child swims a total of 20-hours for the year of structured skill based learning and to take two terms away from that brings it to 10-hours a year of structured Swimming Lessons.
Which then brings the discussion of progression.
How is your child progressing compared to those who are continuing their swimming lessons all year?
Having your child “Summer Ready” happens in winter not in summer, children hold the belief that they are just as skilled in the water as the last time they swam (26 weeks ago,) when in hindsight their skills are soft and not responsive as they need or remember.
This is where “close calls” happen and can cause fear in child as they aren’t as confident as they remember, this is concerning from a safety point and should be a concern to all parents.
It is never too late to enrol in Swimming Lesson Classes or Baby Swimming Lesson Classes. Attending swimming lessons on a regular basis is the best way for creating muscle memory, skill development and elevated progression in all swimmers.
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Written by Sara Kent. Flinders Aquatic Academy Learn To Swim Coordinator.