Basic safety is probably the main reason for your child to learn to swim as early as possible; drowning is the second most common cause of death for kids under 14 in Australia. Most children don’t mind having swimming lessons, and in general, the earlier the lessons start, the easier it is for your children to learn, and to be confident in the water. For parents, it can be a reassurance knowing that their child can swim and not having to worry about them jumping in the creek or fooling about near the river.

Taking swimming lessons also encourages teamwork, dedication and concentration, especially if your child takes it seriously and goes on to compete. However, swimming on the school or college team also puts the focus on individuality and the concept of setting and reaching goals, and of trying to beat your last time. Swimming and especially being part of a team also teaches children the importance of time management, and can play an important part in improving self confidence and self esteem.

Swimming is also healthy too of course, and can be the ideal cardiovascular activity for kids who aren’t naturally athletic and won’t make the school football team. In fact, swimming is one of the best forms of exercise there is when it comes to a healthy heart, and swimming lessons can improve posture and balance, and increase stamina. Swimming can minimise the chances of childhood obesity, and ultimately decrease the chances of developing diabetes, and it can improve the lungs too. Studies even indicate that swimming can help fight depression and improve one’s overall mood.

Swimming is also a social activity too, and children who take swimming lessons can potentially make lifelong friends. Most children enjoy splashing about in the water, even if they aren’t a particularly strong swimmer, and of course, swimming lessons or trips to the local pool or beach can be a family activity, and a chance to spend quality time with your children. As we all know, once you have learned to swim, you always have that skill and swimming is something that can be enjoyed at just about any age. And a child that can swim can also potentially take up other water sports safely, including kayaking, surfing and scuba diving.