The start of the new school year is just around the corner, and that means family schedules get even busier. Between school activities, sports, music lessons and more, it can be hard to find time for every activity your child is interested in. So how do you decide which activities take priority?
Here at The Swim Academy, we are big believers in year-round swim lessons and while we might be a little biased, there is some serious science to back it up!
The University of Griffith in Australia surveyed 7,000 parents from Australia, New Zealand and the United States and intensely tested children aged 3-5 years old to determine what effect swimming has on young swimmers. The results were astounding!
The Griffith Study found that children who participated in swim lessons early on achieved developmental skills far earlier than their non-swimming peers. These results rang true despite coming from different socio-economic backgrounds and genders of the participants.
The Griffith Study found that children who participated in swim lessons were 10 months ahead of their peers in cognitive development. Parents can expect that their child who regularly attend swim lessons as a baby will reach reading, writing and mathematics milestones ahead of their peers. They will also reach physical milestones faster than their peers with better balance and coordination thanks to the movements swimmers complete during lessons
Parents often look forward to hearing their child’s first word and anxiously await when they can communicate with their child in full sentences. The Griffith Study found that children in swim lessons start speaking 36 months earlier than their non-swimming peers thanks to the language-rich environment.
Swim instructors also introduce swimmers to the 3, 2, 1 counting technique, a technique used to teach gentle submersion. Instructors give advanced language instructions such as, “go through the tunnel, go under the noodle and dive for the green ring” and more. Children who are using their brain power to complete advanced instructions that include prepositions, colors and more hit these crucial developmental milestones earlier than normal.
Social and Emotional Intelligence
Children who participate in swim lessons are 15 months ahead of their peers in social and emotional intelligence, according to The Griffith Study. This means swimmers are able to follow instructions and interact with other children and adults with more ease than their non-swimming peers because of the group environment of a swim lesson.
We believe every child should pursue the activities they are interested but we also know that swimming is more than “fun in the sun”. Swim lessons are an essential part of keeping kids safe while also empowering their future potential. From cognitive development to language skills and social intelligence, swimming children are far more advanced than their peers. Interested in learning more? Sign up for a free swim evaluation today!