Why Kids Should Swim at the Y

Becoming a Dolphin

Are you thinking about enrolling your child in swimming lessons? If so, you have come to the right place.

The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.

Our Swim Lesson Curriculum is a core group of aquatic skills every person needs to be safe around water. Students begin with and build upon skills they are ready to learn, helping them to celebrate their successes, build self-confidence, and enjoy learning to swim and water safety.

We have compiled together a list of 8 reasons why you should enroll your child in swimming lessons at the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

8 Reasons to Enroll Your Child into Swim Lessons

1. Swimming is something you can do at any age. This activity is something that lasts a lifetime and you can always improve it. Expose your child to swimming now and they will have a recreational, aerobic activity that they can continue to enjoy throughout the rest of their lives.

2. 71% of the World is Water. With those statistics, drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. Swimming lessons teach important safety skills to prevent drowning, which is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among youth. 

3. Planning on going to the beach or sending your child to summer camp?  Sign your kids up for swimming lessons so they can be confident around the water. 

4. Swimming is fun and challenging way to help children and adults stay fit! 

5. Swimming helps kids do better in school. Swimming has been scientifically linked to a better academic performance. Studies have found that children who swam during their developmental years achieved several physical and mental milestones faster than their non-swimming counterparts. 

6. Children love mastering a new skill and take great pride in their achievements. Success always boosts a child’s self-confidence and makes them eager to take on further challenges.

7. Swim lessons at any age can lead to the confidence one needs to try new activities. Whether you want your child participating in day camp, soccer or basketball this is a great starting point.

8. Swimming lessons provide the opportunities to bond with family and friends, at the Y and in other community settings.



Category: Kids & Teens