As tempting as it might be to stay home and keep warm instead of coming to swimming lessons in winter, there are many benefits of getting in the pool throughout the colder months.
We have 5 great tips to encourage your child to continue swimming lessons during winter;
Be safe for summer
Your child will spend more time in, around or near water in summer, which increases the risk of potential drowning. Attending swimming lessons throughout winter will allow them to continue learning and help them to develop skills that will enhance their water awareness and safety.
Continual progression of their swimming skills
Children who stop swimming lessons over winter tend to forget a lot of their swimming skills and therefore, take a lot longer to learn how to swim compared to children who continue swimming lessons all year round. This is particularly true in children who are under 7 years of age, as their long term skill retention and muscle memory are just starting to develop. Continuing swimming lessons through winter will ensure all the time and money you have invested into your child’s swimming lessons is not wasted over the winter months.
Children who attend swimming lessons regularly are fitter and maintain stronger immune systems. In fact, children who swim throughout winter seem to catch far less colds and flu. Our pool is maintained at a comfortable temperature of throughout the year.
Dress for the weather
We maintain an ambient temperature in the centre. After your child’s swimming lesson we encourage all parents and guardians to dress their children appropriately. We recommend that after swimming your child leave’s the centre dressed warmly – opposed to bathers and a towel. This will help in maintaining their body warmth and keeping away colds and winter illnesses.
Enhance your child’s love for the water
All year round swimming lessons will help your child to develop what we call a ‘feel for the water.’ This is a skill that is hard to teach but can be developed by your child when they spend more time in the water. Your child will start to understand how to move through the water and use it to their advantage. Continual participation in swimming lessons all year round is the key in your child developing this special connection with the water.
Why should I continue swimming lessons throughout winter?
We encourage year round participation in all of our classes. Infants and children need to continue throughout the winter to remember the skills and muscle development which they have been taught in classes. An extended break often results in a decline in the ability levels. Learn to swim and drowning prevention skills are far more effective when there is a consistent and continuous program in place.