Instructor in pool teaching 3 girls how to perform a stroke

Swimming is a life-skill everybody should have and, if possible, start at an early age. Even if you’re not planning to be a professional swimmer, being able to do basic competencies such as floating, treading or knowing how to control your breath can be crucial in a water-emergency situation. 

Knowing how to swim in a country with so much water like Canada should be a priority in all households. Plus, enrolling in swimming lessons goes beyond the physical skills, it can be a door to many other activities, and even a career in the aquatics industry. To help you learn more, the team at DSH has put together 6 things you should know about swimming lessons:

 

They’re Good for Your Body. 

A great full-body cardio exercise, swimming lessons develop muscle, build strength and endurance, and expand lung capacity. It is a fantastic activity for people with joint issues that are looking for a low-impact workout.

Integrating swim time into your routine will help you improve your general health, and, paired with a balanced diet, can benefit your weight goals. Most swimmers also report that they sleep better after their time in the pool. 

Thanks to indoor pools, swimming is an activity that you can perform all year round. And you don’t need more than 30 minutes to start seeing all the benefits. In fact, for beginners, 30 minutes is enough time to help them keep focus, learn or practice new skills, and not get too cold. Keep in mind, consistency is key when learning how to swim. Having a few swim lessons just before Summer starts, then stopping and doing it again the next year, will not be good for your skill development, and you will probably see a lot of regressions since you will probably forget what you learned. 

 

They Save Lives

A good swim program will not only focus on swimming, but it should also focus on water safety. Learning to be safe in and around water is the most important aspect of learning how to swim. It is not just about what you can do to keep yourself safe in the water, it is also how you can help others, and what actions you should take to prevent water-related accidents. And even though being a strong swimmer does not make you accident-proof, it does greatly reduce the probability of something happening. 

Floating, treading water, and forward progress are the basic skills a swimmer should have, but you can go further than this and learn proper aquatic safety skills (such as rescues) and first aid. 

 

They Are Good for Your Mental Health

Swim lessons are not only beneficial for your body, but they are also a great activity for your brain and your mental health. 

For adults and children, spending time in the water helps reduce stress and anxiety, releases endorphins and enhances brain development, especially in the cognitive and memory areas. Learn more about the benefits swimming has for your brain here.

 

They Improve Social Skills

Group swim lessons train, not only physical skills but also social ones. Being in the water with an instructor and other swimmers that are in the same position as you creates social connections. If you are seeing these people repeatedly week after week, there is a very high chance the relationship will develop, and you might even find some new friends. Even if you are registered for private lessons, there will always be an interaction with the instructor and other people around the pool. 

For kids, it is also the opportunity to learn how to socialize, interact with people of different ages, and understand different personalities and characters. Group swim lessons will also help kids develop their sense of discipline, listening, and direction following. Skills that can be easily translated into school life.

 

They Are for All Ages

Due to its low-impact physical requirements, and the immense benefits it provides, swimming is an activity suitable for all ages, and DSH provides lessons for all of them. 

At Davina’s Swim House, lessons start at 4 months old, when babies are able to hold their heads up. During those first sessions, the focus is on water confidence more than on developing a proper swimming technique. The idea is for babies and toddlers to be able to blow bubbles and get their faces wet. Having these skills will prepare them for the next levels, where strokes, technique and safety, become the focus. 

There is no minimum age to start swimming, kids of any age and adults with zero knowledge can also register at DSH and go through the same steps of getting water confident with experienced, encouraging and trained instructors. 

 

They Can Become a Career

One of the greatest things about swim lessons is that they can develop into a passion with lots of opportunities. Once you have mastered the basics, you could decide to become a competitive swimmer, become part of a water-sport team, or you could start a career in the aquatics industry either as a lifeguard or a swim instructor. No matter which path you decide to embark on, you can always take your love for swimming to the next level. 

If you are wondering how to become a lifeguard or swim instructor, check this article our team wrote on the subject.  

 

Now that you know all these amazing things about swimming, it’s time to stop reading, and start acting! Register for swim lessons and get in the pool with us! We are committed to building confident swimmers, one splash at a time!