Swimming through winter

March 26, 2019

 

The upcoming Easter break marks the end of our summer program, where many parents choose to forgo swimming lessons in favour of other winter sports or activities. Here are some things to think about before opting out of lessons during the cooler months . . . 

 

Regression in confidence & performance

Children need to maintain and reinforce existing skills to advance and develop their ability in the water. Months of summer lessons end up “going to waste” as swimmers lose their “feel for the water” both physically and psychologically. 

 

Children who stop swimming lessons over the winter months tend to forget their swimming skills and therefore take longer to learn compared to children who continue swimming throughout winter.  This is especially the case for children who are under 7 years of age, as their long term skill retention and muscle memory are just starting to develop.

 

Continued participation in swimming lessons throughout winter is the best way to prevent otherwise unwanted outcomes that may include being scared of the water, worried about the depth of the water, or just feeling uncomfortable in and around water.  A failure to attend lessons invariably leads to a child being unable to perform at the level they were previously able and, in turn, to a decline in confidence and performance.

 

Health benefits

Swimming has been proven to assist in brain development and, for school-aged children, is regarded as vital for the development of academic performance, as well as coordination, motor skills, balance and concentration.

 

Higher fitness levels gained through year-round swimming builds stronger immune systems that make a child more resilient to stress and illness. From our observations and experience, children who swim throughout winter are far less likely to catch colds and flu. Swimming, along with good nutrition, can help your children stay fit and healthy during winter.

 

Apart from the very important issue of water safety, this is why swimming, and swimming lessons, should be prioritized within the family schedule and budget.

 

Our advice

During the colder months, while the pool temperature doesn't change, children can feel cooler in the water.  With this in mind we advise you to follow these suggestions:

  • Encourage your children to have a warm shower following their lessons.

  • Avoid having children leave the centre in swimmers and a towel.

  • Dry their hair and dress in warm clothing.

  • Dress your child in a Toastees Wetsuit Top if they tend to feel the cold (www.toasteeswetsuits.com.au).

Thanks to . . .

https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/why-children-should-continue-to-learn-to-swim-in-winter/

 

 

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