For the next few weeks, we will be giving you some advice on the benefits swimming can give you, not only physically but in mental health.
Why Learning to Swim in Winter is Important
Parents and carers are being warned by Royal Life Saving not to opt out of swimming lessons for children during autumn and winter as the weather gets cooler. Royal Life Saving CEO Justin Scarr points out figures showing drowning deaths happen all year round, including Autumn and Winter. Justin says it is a common misconception that drowning deaths only occur in summer. He goes on to state that winter is in fact the best time of the year to participate. Children are more likely to improve skills and endurance by building on skills already learn’t and may progress quickly to the next stage.
Swimming, as regular exercise, strengthens the immune system so children may be less likely to fall ill over the cooler months. Having breaks over winter often results in children’s skills experiencing a plateau or even going backwards.