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The Importance of Swim Lessons in Summer

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, and for many families, that means spending time in the water. Whether your family is heading to the beach, lake, waterpark, or pool, it's important to make sure that your children are safe while swimming. One of the best ways to do that is by taking swimming lessons. Here are just a few reasons why we believe swim lessons are so important for children to continue in the summer months.

A young swimmer in a pool practices strokes with his swim instructor

Safety First

The #1 reason to take swimming lessons is safety. According to the CDC (2022), drowning is a leading cause of death for children, and even adults can struggle in the water without the right skills. Plus, drowning is often silent. It can happen in an instant and many children do not have the chance to splash their arms or cry for help. Swim lessons can teach children how to swim, propel towards a safe spot and stay afloat in an emergency. With these skills, your family will feel better prepared to handle any situation that arises in the water, preventing tragedies.

Build Confidence

Swimming can be intimidating, especially for those who are new to the water. Swim lessons can help build confidence by teaching your child the basics of swimming in a safe, fun and supportive environment with our expert instructors. Swimming also demonstrates to your child that they can do hard things and can conquer whatever they set their minds to! With each lesson, children usually feel more comfortable in the water, which can help them enjoy swimming and other water activities even more.

Exercise and Improved Balance

Swimming is a great form of low-impact exercise and can help your child burn some energy while improving their strength and flexibility. As a result, your child will gain better balance and coordination, which will help them both in the water and in other sports or recreational activities.

Have Fun

Finally, swimming lessons can be filled with fun! Swimming is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day, and learning new skills can be a rewarding experience. Your child may also learn at a young age to associate movement with having fun, and they may even develop a serious love for the sport. At Big Blue, we make sure to teach kids essential swim skills through fun games, songs, and stories so that they grow excited to come to class.

Three young swimmers smiling and practicing with a pool noodle during a swim lesson

We know the summer months can be a busy time for the whole family, but we don’t want your child to miss out on fun activities in the water. By continuing your child’s swimming lessons, with plenty of options for weekly, drop-in, or make-up classes, you'll be able to make the most of your family’s time in the water while staying safe and healthy this summer!