Studies Show Widespread Benefits of Water Lessons for Kids

Studies Show Widespread Benefits of Water Lessons for Kids | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Katy Texas

Everyone touts the safety reasons why swim classes for kids are such a great idea but now researchers are proving that there are even more benefits, including one you might not guess off the bat.

As you may recall from a January blog post, early water lessons for kids have been proven to help them learn and perform better at school. The brains over at Griffith University Institute for Educational Research looked at 200 kids age 3-5 – most of the group early swimmers and the rest not – and actually followed their progress for two years, using testing and interviews to get a handle of how they were doing in their cognitive development and performance in pre-school and school. They found out the swim class kids were developing faster and doing better than the others.

In addition to this academic evidence of the benefits of swimming lessons for kids, many parents credit these programs for helping their children in other ways. From increased confidence and participation in other group activities to a healthy respect and appreciation for the water, kids swim programs can help develop essential social skills in a fun, non-traditional way.

Often times, special needs children respond to water therapy and swimming lessons in an even greater way that other kids their age. By providing a safe, zero-gravity environment to learn and explore motor skills, the swimming pool offers a unique opportunity to develop verbal communication.

So if you’re going over in your mind the decision to begin parent child swim lessons, or infant water survival skills, or even casual outdoor water play for toddlers, know that by getting your child into the water early you are giving them a gift that pays off for years to come. Early swim is a difference maker – we can help your kids learn to swim, and help your kids just learn.

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Lead Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

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Fun Water Safety Activities for Kids

Laughter and enjoyment are the gateways into a child’s heart, so I always use pool games as a way to introduce water safety activities to kids. Here are a few of my favorites because they are effective for teaching toddlers important swim safety lessons, and the kids have a blast playing them. These games can be enjoyed by all swim skill levels with adult supervision – always remember to keep an eye on children in the pool during any swim activity.

Simon Says (allows you to practice a variety of water survival skills)

This is the game played in parks and backyards, brought into the pool. Call out a swim safety skill: “Simon says do a back float.” “Simon says get your face wet.” “Hold the wall and get back to the steps!” Anyone who answers a command without “Simon says…” has to sit on the steps.

Red Light, Green Light (teaches comfort and movement in the water)

Another one brought in from the playground, line the kids up opposite: “Green light!” allows the kids to come to toward you as fast as they can, “Red light!” means they have to stop and anyone who doesn’t goes back to the start. Each round you can change the way the kids get across the pool: the first round is paddling in the water with a swim noodle, second round use a kickboard, third round walk with faces in the water…

Fun Water Safety Activities for Kids | Katheleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Expert Katy Texas

Timed Treasure Dive (teaches comfort underwater and holding breath)

Scatter dive toys on the bottom of the shallow end and take turns: each player has to the count of five to get as many toys as possible.

These water safety ideas for kids also teach toddlers and children to listen to instructions and carefully follow specific rules, a valuable skill to develop both in and out of the water. Swim safety for kids is meant to be fun for adults too, so parents and caregivers go ahead and jump in and enjoy yourselves!

 

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Lead Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

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