Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

Why swim through winter?

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With the weather starting to get cooler, the idea of swimming often loses its appeal, and some families stop their regular weekly swimming lessons. But as nice as it might be to stay home and rug up instead of going swimming, there are actually many benefits of swimming throughout winter…

Safety

When winter is over, your children will be back in the pool or at the beach with gusto. But if they’re returning to the water after an extended absence, their survival skills will have regressed. By continuing their swimming lessons throughout winter, they will be much better equipped to cope with potentially life-threatening situations which can easily arise when swimming.

We also see increased fear levels from children who have had an extended break from the water. Children who were confident and happy swimmers at the end of summer can often become fearful of the water if they haven’t been exposed to it for a long period, which can be distressing for the children and parents.

Progress & Consistency

Like any skill, the more you practice, the better you become. And the less you practice, the faster you lose the skills that you once had! This is especially true for younger children – repetition helps them to learn and remember. And it only takes two or three missed lessons before we start to see a noticeable regression. By continuing your swimming lessons over winter, you’re ensuring that your children’s skills are maintained, and that the money you’ve invested in the warmer months isn’t wasted!

Temperature

During the winter months, All Sorts Swim School raises the pool temperature to 32 degrees and sits at 30 degrees the remainder of the year. We also have heater on pool deck to ensure the air in the Centre is warm. It is important to ensure that your children are warm and dry when the finish their lesson, before leaving the centre.  Make sure they are completely dry before you leave, and dressed in warm clothes. Don’t leave the centre in wet swimmers and/or wet towels.

There is a misconception that children who attend swimming lessons during winter are more prone to cold and flu. In fact, regular exercise, including swimming lessons, helps to increase your children’s fitness and immunity. Children don’t catch colds by swimming in winter – so long as you maintain their body warmth when leaving the centre you will actually be doing them a favour by continuing to swim in the cooler months.