Why is it so important to keep swimming during winter?
Winter is the best time of the year for kids to learn to swim – hands down!
Why you ask? JUMP! founder Ian Campbell explains why. Here’s his top five reasons why you should keep up your swimming lessons in winter:
Kids forget, it’s as simple as that!
JUMP! swimming pools are heated to 32 degrees, so you can swim all year around.
Swimming is a confidence-based activity for children and a break in lessons means they forget, it impacts their confidence and greatly hinders their level of ability.
Many children who stop lessons over winter can no longer swim to their previous ability once they return.
Swimming lessons during winter allow children to develop water confidence in time for summer, the season when they were most likely to spend the most time in the water and enjoy family water-based activities.
Cutting swimming lessons for winter means children enter summer without important skills, capabilities or the confidence they might have had just months earlier.
“By cutting swimming lessons for winter, children enter summer without important skills, capabilities or the confidence they might have had just months earlier.”
We recently featured in The Courier Mail regarding this issue. They spoke to Royal Life Saving Queensland chief executive Paul Barry who commented,
“Every child will be different and we try and align children’s swimming abilities and skills with the national framework so if you have a kid that is a bit behind they may benefit from continuing swimming classes through winter.
“If they are in line with national framework then it might not be the end of the world … we are aware a lot of people switch to winter sports.”
Read the full article here.