Over a year of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School have been so good for all three of my boys in many ways. They have learned life-saving skills, have learned to hold their breath, to tread water, and to backfloat. But what they have taken away from each lesson extends far beyond swimming. The benefits continue outside of the pool. Here are the different ways that swim lessons have been worthwhile for all three of my kids, ages 3.5, 5, and 8.
Quincy started swim lessons at 2.5. He cried and cried. But continued exposure and repeated attendance helped him to get comfortable with the water while it also taught him the dangers of water. He became more comfortable being with his instructors without my being next to the pool and helped with other separation anxiety as well. He has learned how to wait his turn, how to be patient, how to listen to the instructions of his teachers and how to communicate with others without parental help.
Calvin started lessons just before he turned 4. While he has always been comfortable with other adults and in the water, swim lessons have been so beneficial for Calvin physically. It has helped him get stronger and increased his stamina in the water. He was a toe walker (and still struggles with this) so his muscles and foot and leg strength has been affected. Swimming has used his legs and feet in new ways that we’ve found really beneficial. He also now has lifesaving skills, should he ever find himself in distress in the water.
I think the child who has benefitted from swim lessons the most is the one who mostly knew how to swim when we started. My oldest son Charlie struggles with performance anxiety and lack of confidence. He hates joining teams or classes that push him or where he doesn’t feel 100% confident in his abilities. He also has some coordination and motor skills problems. Swimming has been tremendously beneficial for him. While he fought us about going to lessons every week for months, we were persistent in his attendance and continued exposure to something that wasn’t easy for him. It has helped his anxiety, and as he improved has done wonders for his confidence. He is actually a naturally gifted swimmer (his body was made for it) and although he is slower to learn than many kids once he gets something he excels at it. Swimming is also helpful to kids who might have some sensory processing issues (which we suspect) and helps them feel their body in the space around them. The water is calming and soothing, stimulates them, and helps with balance. If he continues to do well, I hope he might be able to compete, because competition is another thing that is extremely hard for him.
If you’re wondering if swim lessons would be helpful for your kids, especially if they already know the swim basics, I hope this post helps you see that they are really beneficial in so many ways. I think swim lessons are one of the most important activities for kids, both physically and mentally. Not only do they learn life-saving skills but they learn life skills, for both inside and outside of the pool.
We have taken swim lessons at a couple different places over the years and GSS is by far the best place we’ve been. If you have a Goldfish location local to you, I can’t recommend them enough!
Oh Lovely Day is a partner with Goldfish Swim School. We’re happy to partner with them to spread water safety awareness to our own kids and yours.