Swimming is often called our nation’s past time, and with good reason. With easy access to some of the world’s best beaches, bays and pools it’s no wonder we love a dip. But what are the real benefits of swimming (aside from taking in the amazing views)?
Keeping fit and healthy
Swimming has many health and fitness benefits. It is low impact and accessible to people of all ages; provides a great cardiovascular workout, as well as a workout for the whole body including the arms, back and shoulders.
Swimmers: the ultimate sportsperson
Swimming is the ultimate cross-trainer. Regular swimming increases lung capacity and cardiovascular health, improving endurance and stamina in other sports. For many professional athletes, swimming is where the gains are made — it increases their fitness and endurance levels and has a very low risk of injury.
Children love mastering a new skill and take great pride in their achievements. Evidence from a study out of Griffith University revealed that young swimmers are more confident than their non-swimming peers. This is also true for competitive and non-competitive adult swimmers. Swimming teaches confidence in the pool and in the open water, which translates to confidence on land as well.
Chlorine is brain food?
The results are in… It’s not the chlorine that’s brain food, but the swimming lessons are. Research by Griffith University shows that not only are swimming children more physically able, they also score significantly better on oral expression, literacy, numeracy and socially. Swimming is setting them up for life. And research by Swim England shows swimming can increase a young person’s ability to concentrate and learn at school. Plus it helps adults reduce stress and improve overall health. Winning.
Let’s not forget swimming
It’s amazing that swimming benefits your brain and your body, but let’s not forget that swimming well is like a passport to other aquatic activities (and a social life). Imagine a summer without being able to swim — no pool parties, no beachside holiday, no cruise. And swimming well, well it’s a life skill.
Swimming is surviving
Swimming is a survival skill; one that could, quite literally, save your child’s life. Children can drown any time of year. Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. The fact is participating in formal swimming lessons throughout the whole year is associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in children between 1 and 4 (although this is just one step in building the layers of safer swimming).
So, swimming is life. Go on, jump in.