Children benefit from year-round swimming!!

August 25, 2012

As summer comes to an end and fall approaches, many families are under the impression that the swimming season is over as well.  This, however, is not the case!  There are a number of reasons why children should continue swimming all year long. 

  1.  Children who swim year-round (and from infancy) are significantly stronger and more coordinated than those who do not according to several studies.  The use of the entire body mixed with the water resistance improves strength and flexibility while minimizing injuries that are more likely to occur in other sports.
  2. A scientific study in Germany found that children who swim year-round scored higher in problem solving and intelligence than other children overall.   This becomes especially important during the school year.  Many parents believe that their children will be too tired after school to participate in swimming when, in fact, being sedentary after hours of sitting in a desk at school can make children lethargic and unmotivated.
  3. Children who swim year-round are less likely to become ill than children with a less active lifestyle.  Swimming keeps the immune system in shape and exercise invigorates the entire body.  A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy child!
  4. Consistent swimming (and especially learning to swim) helps children succeed in life.  Swimming encourages setting and attaining goals, overcoming fears to assert independence and finding new and fun ways to stay active.  Something as simple as being able to play independently in a pool with friends is a huge accomplishment for young kids and the confidence that it builds is seen in school, social situations and in other recreational activities.
  5. Swimming skills, just like skills needed for any other activities, can be lost over time.  If a child goes the entire school year without swimming, they lose many of the skills they may have had the summer prior which can actually be quite discouraging.  Unlike riding a bike or playing soccer, if a child forgets how to swim, the consequences can be much more devastating.

There are hundreds of articles and studies from all over the world listing all of the benefits of year-round swimming.  This is not to say that children who do not swim every single week will not be successful or happy in life; it just serves to suggest that children benefit from year-round swimming for a multitude of reasons. 

For more resources on this subject:

http://www.ehow.com/about_6313163_swimming-good-kids_.html

http://lifetimefitness.mylt.com/docs/DOC-24063

http://suite101.com/article/benefits-of-swimming-a275489

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Splash into Summer Safety!!

August 1, 2012

There was a great turnout for the first Splash into Summer Safety event at Waterworks Aquatics’ Sierra Madre location.  The Sierra Madre Fire Department and paramedics came out to take part in the mock drowning and rescue that took place on Tuesday, July 31st.  Everyone got to see first-hand what Sierra Madre firefighters and paramedics do and what they can do to help prevent drowning.  The event was so realistic that paramedics, firefighters and other participants in the mock drowning were flooded with questions after the event.  “It was a great opportunity for everyone to learn without having to actually experience something so tragic,” stated Katie Smith, a Waterworks Aquatics employee.

Drowning is the nation’s number one killer of children under the age of 5 and the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for kids ages 1 to 14.  This event gave parents and opportunity to see that they can be an important part of rescuing a child, or anyone, from drowning.

The kids loved the fire truck and everyone learned a lot about how to react in an emergency situation.  Everyone was shocked to see how quickly a child can disappear underwater and how learning basic CPR could save a life.  Accidents will happen and drowning is a year-round threat but knowing what to do and how to react could be the difference between life and death.

Waterworks Aquatics Sierra Madre offers one 33 yard, 6 lane pool and one circular teaching pool that are both heated to 86-88 degrees year-round.  They provide Private, Semi-Private, Group, Parent and Me, Adult and Stroke Clinic swim classes. Waterworks also offers youth swim teams, summer swim camps, lap swimming, water aerobics, recreation swim, and a venue for birthday parties as well as facilitating aquatic therapy.

“The teaching methodology at Waterworks Aquatics is what differentiates us from other swim schools,” said Jon Alpert, founder of Waterworks Aquatics. “We utilize an original instructional philosophy of teaching children to roll to their back for a breath rather than lifting their heads to breathe, which allows children as young as 18 months the capability to swim across the pool. The other key component is the use of a specialized muscle memory teaching technique, where students are taught stroke technique at a very young age.”  

With a commitment to “Learning it the Right Way, Right from the Beginning”, Waterworks Aquatics was voted the Best Swim School in Orange County in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the readers of Parenting OC Magazine. 

For more information or to register for classes, please visit www.waterworksswim.com/sierramadre  or call 626.836.1200.