Regular time in the pool positively impacts your child’s health and well-being while also keeping them comfortable and safe in the water.
It is normal to be nervous when your children are near water. According to KidsHealth.org, drowning is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 5-24. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 10 people drown every day in the United States. Most of these deaths could have been prevented by taking proper precautions around the water. For every child that dies in the U.S. from drowning, another five receive treatment for submersion injuries.
Benefits of lessons
There are numerous benefits associated with regular swim lessons for children, most notably, children’s safety. Swimming is a whole-body exercise. It increases stamina by working the cardiovascular system. It also increases strength and flexibility in a low impact, joint-friendly way.
Aside from fitness benefits, swimming enhances emotional and mental health. Being in the water is naturally relaxing, and regular swimming can help lessen anxiety and depression.
Local lesson options
If you are interested in swim lessons for your child, there are many local options. Oiler Swim School at the University of Findlay offers swim lessons year-round for all ages, levels and abilities. With small class sizes, instructors offer one-on-one instruction in a positive environment. Check out www.ufswimlessons.com for more information.
The Findlay YMCA (downtown branch) offers swim lessons for all ages, adult water exercise programs, and plenty of open swim times. Youth swim programs are segmented into eight-week sessions to fit almost any schedule, with eight class times per week for the youngest children. Sign up for classes online or at the YMCA’s front desk. View the full program of offerings at findlayymca.org/main/brochures-schedules-forms.
The Bluffton Community Pool provides three summer sessions of swim lessons, with each session including eight lessons. The pool also offer private swim lessons. Call 419-358-9661 to learn about pricing.
Start your children with swim lessons at an early age.
It will bring you peace of mind,
and your children will enjoy a lifetime activity.