With thanks to Virginia Hickey Asa level 2 swimming teacher at The Swim Skills School for this article.
I first learnt to swim when I was in nursery school. I was very fortunate to be with my family in the clear blue seas and warm climate of the Maltese islands. Little did I know that swimming from then on would prove to be an important part of my life. As a teenager it gave me a fabulous start in life; meeting friends on the beach, sailing, scuba diving, and then on to teaching the children in the Services to swim in the sea. When I started work in London, going for a swim in the early morning or at the weekends helped me to unwind and overcome the pressures of work and deadlines. Many swimmers enjoy the same benefits; the contact with water loosens up the body and the mind, and gives almost instant relaxation.
Once my daughter was born I again found swimming was a great source of fun. I believe strongly that all children can learn to swim and should have opportunity to develop the skill. There are some key benefits to a child’s development when they learn to swim:
Swimming is fun and involves everyone, it has no age barrier and can start with just a dip and a paddle.
Swimming enhances emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. While children learn to swim through play initially, as they progress through the different stages of learning they will develop many different techniques both physically and mentally, such as balance, breathing, stamina and working towards goals.
Swimming is a safe and effective form of all-round exercise using the whole body, building endurance and strength, and promoting good lung capacity.
Swimming has proved to be a factor in the development of intelligence; reaction time, focus, self-confidence, motor skills, independence, balance, reflexes, social behaviour, and interaction.
Swimming is a brain booster. The Amateur Swimming Association has reported that swimming has been recognised as having a positive impact with development. The charity Fusion Lifestyle quizzed 1000 parents and found that 45% of the children who swim regularly in the Reception Year achieved a reading age of 5 or above, against 27% of non swimming children. Overall children aged 4 to 8 years who swim regularly show better results with Maths and general Literacy.
If you would like to try swimming lessons local to Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes, please contact Virginia directly. You can find details on our directory pages.