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Published by Cook Phillip Park : 08-03-2017

Why Continue Swimming Lessons in Winter

Why Continue Swimming Lessons in Winter

We know that the temptation during winter can be to hibernate on your couch, but the latest research has suggested that all -year round swimming could be the key to progress.

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, to name a few of the activities that all rely on our ability to swim and be safe in the water. 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.  A break of 4-6 months, where they're not swimming at all, means that when they do 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 quickly 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 an extended 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. 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 be doing them a favour by continuing to swim in the colder months. 

Here at Cook and Phillip Park, we believe that swimming lessons should be consistent all year-round. That's why we're offering two weeks free for any new Swim School member, with a 12 week commitment, before the end of August. Visit our site to find out more. 

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There are actually many benefits of swimming throughout Winter.

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