1. Tenacity and resilience: try, try, try again. More and more we are beginning to understand that the grit that helps us to keep trying without giving up is one of the most powerful gifts we can develop in our children.
Learning to swim well doesn’t happen quickly. In the pool children are praised for effort as much as outcome. Just when a swimmer aces one skill we begin developing a new and equally challenging one. They are praised and rewarded for being brave and having a go and through effort and consistency an effective swim begins to develop. Very little in the pool comes to us easily and swim class can teach children from an early age the skills of tenacity. This can help set up a child with coping mechanisms they’ll use for a lifetime outside the pool.
Your swim teacher is asking your child to follow the same instructions each week and there are consistent rewards and outcomes. It’s surprising how quickly young children understand and follow their swimming routine. Children gain valuable confidence in understanding what is coming next and this consistency is a great behavior modifier. Same behavior = same outcome, every single time.
For very young children hearing their cue to hold their breath (1,2,3, etc) and then holding their breath for a submersion is the first of these lessons. For older children they begin to understand that good body position and arms and legs help them move through the water and following coaching instructions improves their swimming. This is great preparation for schooling.
Learning to swim can be life saving. A good learn to swim program is teaching your child a whole host of skills that will prepare them for the school environment.
Full Griffith report:
A shorter (I’m a parent and don’t have the time to read the full report, but I’m really interested and want to read the good bits) overview of the study:
Swimming Lessons for children in Bunya, Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Everton Park, Albany Creek, Aspley and surrounds. We are very flattered that children as far away as Cabooluture and Graceville travel to our swim school.