Summer vacation is wrapping up, and your children will be heading back to school soon – to the cheers of some and the groans of others.
But there’s no reason to bid farewell to swim time once school is back in session. In fact, research shows that kids who keep up swimming lessons actually gain major advantages in school.
Swimming Boosts Skills for School
According to a 2012 study, children who swim display more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children, reaching developmental milestones earlier than the norm.
The study, led by Griffith University, Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Swim Program and Swim Australia, assessed a core group of 176 children and surveyed parents of 7,000 children under age 5 from Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. The study found that children who swim:
- Placed anywhere from six to 15 months ahead of the average for counting, cognitive skills, math problem solving, language and following instructions
- Scored significantly better in visual-motor skills like cutting paper, coloring, and drawing lines and shapes
- Were 11 months ahead of the norm in oral expression 17 months ahead in story recall and 20 months ahead in understanding directions
“While we expected the children to show better physical development and perhaps be more confident through swimming, the results in literacy and numeracy really shocked us,” said the lead researcher, Professor Robyn Jorgensen.
This research only adds to the long list of the benefits of swimming and provides a helpful reminder why swim lessons should be part of your back-to-school routine.
Go Back to School with Swim Lessons
Start the school year off right by signing your children up for one of our Back to School Clinics. Each clinic runs from Monday to Friday, offering a 30-minute swim lesson every day with the same instructor. Kids will learn new techniques and practice existing skills in a lively and encouraging environment.
- August 13 to 17
- August 20 to 24
Register for a Back to School Clinic – you don’t have to pay a registration fee, and the fifth lesson is free!