The Benefits of Swimming for Children

September 2nd, 2019

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All sports are great for children and swimming in particular is one of the most recommended activities that benefits children in a myriad of ways.

Here are the 10 best Benefits of Swimming for Children

The Benefits of Swimming for Children | Baby learning to swim

1. Physical development

Swimming has great benefits for a child’s physical development. It improves coordination, balance, motor skills and muscle tone. Swimming also helps with breathing problems like asthma, improves lungs capacity, heart rate and exercise endurance. In addition, each of the brain’s lobes is at work when swimming and the left and right hemispheres work together, resulting in faster learning and better hand-eye coordination.

2. Swimming can improve children’s ability to concentrate

Learning to swim is a process that happens in building blocks. When each swimming skill is broken down into multiple small skills, it helps children learn to concentrate better. Furthermore, the repetition required when learning to swim along with the physical part of swimming, are very beneficial in improving a child’s ability to concentrate, bettering memory and focus.

3. Swimming provides important mental and emotional benefits for children

Studies have shown that children who practice swimming become more courageous and adaptable to environmental factors. Swimming is especially recommended for children with special needs because of the relaxing effects of the water. And it even encourages the repair and growth of brain cells!

4. Teaches children resilience

If you want to raise resilient children, enroll them in swimming. Learning to swim takes time and practice. Throughout this process Children are going to be faced with challenging skills, will have their limits tested, will have to compete against the clock or against their swim mates. Some downfalls and disappointments along the way are inevitable. But the upside is that in the long term, all those experiences teach children resilience, how to get up and try again if they did not get the expected results the first time. Or the second or third.

5. Confidence in and outside the water

There’s no better feeling than the moment you accomplish something that you thought was hard or even impossible to do. Every time children reach a milestone in the process of learning to swim (like putting their face in the water, overcoming fear of jumping in, swimming an entire lap etc) they are left with a big sense of accomplishment and feeling proud of themselves. So many parents report that their children take those positive feelings with them outside the pool and in other activities. 

6. Builds team spirit

Swimming is an individual as well as a team sport. By being part of a swim team, children learn to win and lose with grace and sportsmanship.

7. Swimming is a sport for life

It really is one of the few exercises that you can do at any age, either for fitness or for fun. Often when recovering from an injury, swimming is the only sport doctors recommend.

8. Calms anxiety

A report from the International Journal of Sports Psychology showed that swimming reduces anxiety for any children, due to it’s soothing and repetitive nature. Swimming fast can also release feelings of anger and stress by stimulating the production of endorphins within the body that are used to improve mood and act as natural painkillers. 

9. Swimming helps children maintain a healthy weight

Children receive all the benefits of aerobic activity often without realizing they are exercising. This is especially true when pool time is used for playing and water games. 

10. Last but not least, knowing how to swim can save your child’s life

According to CDC, “Among young children ages 1-4, the most common cause of unintentional injury-related death is drowning” – You’ve probably heard those statistics before, but we feel compelled to remind you. Children as young as two years old CAN learn water safety swimming skills. Teach your child to swim at the earliest possible age and encourage them to keep up with swimming until they become strong swimmers.

We encourage all parents to consider swimming for their babies and children at the earliest possible age. Learning to swim is a process that takes time, but there doesn’t necessary have to be an end to it. Both children and adults alike can swim regularly all their lives to improve form, endurance and speed and to reap the benefits swimming has to offer.

If you have any specific questions about difficulties your child has with swimming and wish to receive personalized advice about your child’s specific swimming needs, email us at:



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