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Published by Cook Phillip Park : 08-03-2017

The Importance of Swimming Lessons in Winter

The Importance of Swimming Lessons in Winter

With the weather starting to get cooler, the idea of swimming often loses its appeal. As nice as it might be to stay home and rug up instead of coming to swimming, there are actually many benefits of swimming throughout Winter.

Over Summer we tend to spend a lot of time in the water. The Australian lifestyle is in many ways built around our access to beautiful beaches and warm days. We visit the beach, we swim in our backyard pools, we go boating, camping, fishing … activities that all rely on our ability to swim and be safe in the water. We are practicing our survival skills regularly, often without even realising it. And this additional practice is often very noticeable when your children come to their lessons, as we see them improve and progress at a much faster rate.

However in Winter many of these activities stop. So it’s more important than ever to ensure that your children’s swimming lessons continue. Otherwise, your children could have a break of 4-6 months where they’re not swimming at all, and when they do eventually return to the water they have a LOT of catching up to do.

There are many reasons to continue to swim over Winter, and some ways to make it more appealing to you and your children!

Safety

  • When Winter is over, your children will be back in the pool or at the beach with gusto. But if they’re returning to the water after an extended absence, their survival skills will have regressed. By continuing their swimming lessons throughout Winter, they will be much better equipped to cope with potentially life-threatening situations which can easily arise when swimming.
  • We also see increased fear levels from children who have had an extended break from the water. Children who were confident and happy swimmers at the end of Summer can often become fearful of the water if they haven’t been exposed to it for a long period, which can be distressing for the children and parents.

Progress & Consistency

  • Like any skill, the more you practice, the better you become. And the less you practice, the faster you lose the skills that you once had! This is especially true for younger children – repetition helps them to learn and remember. And it only takes two or three missed lessons before we start to see a noticeable regression. By continuing your swimming lessons over Winter, you’re ensuring that your children’s skills are maintained, and that the money you’ve invested in the warmer months isn’t wasted!

Illness

  • There is a misconception that children who attend swimming lessons during Winter are more prone to cold and flu. In fact, regular exercise, including swimming lessons, helps to increase your children’s fitness and immunity. Children don’t catch colds by swimming in winter – so long as you maintain their body warmth when leaving the centre you will actually be doing them a favour by continuing to swim in the cooler months. 

We are running a school holiday intensive swimming program in the April school holidays. For more information or to book your child's place, please call us on (02) 9326 0444.

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There are actually many benefits of swimming throughout Winter.

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