Dive into Health: The Benefits of Swimming for Children

Swimming isn’t just a recreational activity; it’s a life-saving skill and a cornerstone of healthy development for children. From building muscle tone to enhancing cognitive abilities, the benefits of swimming are vast and profound. Let’s explore some of the remarkable advantages that this aquatic activity offers:

1. Saves Lives

First and foremost, swimming saves lives. Teaching children to swim at an early age significantly reduces the risk of drowning. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among children aged 1 to 4 years.

2. Life Skill

Swimming is not just a recreational pursuit; it’s a life skill that equips children with the confidence and ability to navigate water safely throughout their lives. Whether it’s swimming in a pool, at the beach, or in open water, knowing how to swim opens up a world of opportunities for recreation and leisure.

3. Cognitive Benefits

Research from Germany conducted a survey on 7000 children, revealing a fascinating correlation: children who started swimming from as early as 6 months old demonstrated higher IQ levels compared to those who began later. This highlights the cognitive benefits of swimming, which extend beyond physical fitness.

4. Milestone Achievement

Swimming helps children meet developmental milestones faster. From improving motor skills to enhancing coordination, the repetitive movements involved in swimming contribute to overall physical development.

5. Core Strength and Posture

Swimming is an excellent exercise for building core strength, which is crucial for maintaining good posture and stability. Children who swim regularly often exhibit better posture, both in and out of the water, leading to improved concentration in class and enhanced performance on the playground.

6. Muscle Tone

The resistance provided by water during swimming helps build muscle tone throughout the body. From arms and legs to the core muscles, swimming offers a full-body workout that promotes strength and endurance.

7. Vestibular Stimulation

Swimming provides valuable vestibular stimulation, which plays a key role in sensory processing and balance. This stimulation enhances children’s ability to concentrate, contributing to better focus and attention both in academic settings and during play.

8. Coordination and Balance

As children learn various swimming strokes and techniques, they naturally develop coordination and balance. These skills are not only essential for swimming efficiently but also transferable to other activities, such as sports and recreational pursuits.

9. Sensory Processing

Swimming engages multiple senses, including touch, sight, and proprioception (awareness of body position). This sensory input is beneficial for sensory processing, helping children regulate their responses to sensory stimuli and navigate their environment more effectively.

In conclusion, swimming offers a myriad of benefits for children, encompassing physical, cognitive, and sensory domains. By introducing children to swimming at an early age and encouraging regular practice, we can promote their overall health, safety, and well-being, setting them up for a lifetime of aquatic enjoyment and success. So, let’s dive in and make a splash for our children’s futures!

Why Super Star Swim School?

Creating a love for water in all our Swimmers

Our Swimming Family is dedicated to ensuring every swimmer learns how to swim and that we can meet every need.

How has Super Star Swim School equipped their teachers to ensure every need is met and every swimmer learns to Swim?

Meet Nicki the owner

Dedicated to ensuring that every child’s needs are met to ensure Swim progression

Nicki has dedicated her time to learning about the psychological needs of children and their reactions around water, with a Certificate in child psychology, 15 years experience in the swimming industry, qualifications in Baby swim, learn to swim, adult swim and special needs, a wealth of knowledge is shared with the Swim family to ensure every teacher is equipped with the right tools on how to deal with children in an aquatic environment.

Swimming is not just about learning to Swim!

Learning how to swim saves lives! This is the most important reason we encourage parents to ensure their child learns how to Swim.

Swimming also develops muscle growth, cognitive functioning, sensory functioning, core strengthening, lung capacity increase, fine motor improvement and gross motor development.

Our Teachers are equipped with tools to not only teach but to recognise where other development can take place and equipping your child with foundation milestones that can benefit them in every day life as well as in the classroom.

Educated Swimming Teachers is a Neccessity!

We ensure our Swimming Teachers are educated on all aspects of swimming:

Children’s Emotional needs around the pool and how to create an environment that suits each child’s emotional needs

Each teacher is equipped to deal with all physical needs within the pool including core, gross motor development and muscle strengthening

Educated through our RAID international program, each teacher is equipped with an excellent swim curriculum that meets swimming milestones at the right age at the right time with an assessment based structure

With a Swim South Africa qualification our teachers meet Country standards

With well educated swim teachers we can confidently guarantee that every child will progress within 3 weeks!

July is World Drown Prevention Month

Did you know in South Africa alone around 600 children and 200 adults drown per year! These numbers are frightening and we do not want you to become a statistic.

Super Star Swim School are passionate about water safety and saving lives.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming a drowning statistic.

1- Join in swimming lessons and get the whole family to learn to swim.

Super Star Swim school offer lessons for all ages, starting from 6 months of age. Join our baby class, learn to swim class, adult class or special needs class, there is a class for everyone and opportunity for everyone to learn how to swim.

2- Join our Save a buddy workshops and learn how to save the life of someone who is drowning.

3- Get a pool net and a fence built around your pool.

4- Educate everyone in the household about the dangers of water and how quickly an accident can happen.

5- Keep emergency numbers on the fridge for quick reference in an emergency.

6- Always choose a water watcher when you are around water. The job of this adult is to keep a keen eye on everyone who is swimming.