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Learning to swim is an essential life skill; potentially life-saving, great fun and a wonderful way to keep fit. That said, it is so much more than that too! Learning to swim can translate into life skills that carry you and your child far beyond the swimming pool and help enhance all areas of your lives. Whilst we may not be able to swim right now, we have compiled just some of the wonderful benefits you can reap by learning to swim once pools reopen.

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect 

Swimming from a young age or as a family creates a ripple effect! Swimming will:

  • Give your child key life skills 
  • Provide them with a healthy lifestyle 
  • Offer them a fun, positive social life 
  • Create a happy family environment where special memories are made 

There is so much to learn in the water! 

Confidence

  • Introducing babies to the water gives them a sense of independence which in turn, brings confidence.
  • Children are becoming technically skilled at something, which brings confidence. 
  • Receiving praise from teachers for doing well in the water makes children feel motivated and confident. 

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Bonding & Social Skills

  • Skin to skin contact between babies and parents/carers encourages bonding. 
  • Children continually meet new people at the pool and in their lessons, improving their communication skills. 
  • Children are encouraged to take part in games and activities, enhancing friendships and promoting teamwork. 
  • Learning to respond to key words in a lesson environment can increase your babies levels of awareness and understanding, as well as improving communication between you. 

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Health & Fitness

  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs. 
  • Swimming develops the brain and stimulates the five senses. 
  • Children are taught about the importance of keeping fit and keeping a balanced lifestyle. 
  • Like all exercise, swimming reduces stress, improves sleep patterns and increases a feeling of wellbeing.  

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Water Safety

  • Sadly, drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death amongst children in the UK so learning to swim is a vital life skill. 
  • Simply understanding how to get out of the water can save a child’s life. 
  • Swimming teachers will be talking to your little ones about water safety regularly – information that they will keep for the rest of their lives. 

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Thank you to Rebecca from Puddle Ducks Norfolk for writing this guest blog for us. Puddle Ducks will be joining us at our next baby show! In the meantime, you can find out more about Puddle Ducks Norfolk by visiting their website here.