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Why Your Child Should Take Swim Lessons This Summer


I grew up originally on a Caribbean island where there was nothing but sunshine, sea and sand. Every weekend we would walk to the beach and either laze about on the sand or actually go swimming. I remember those days vividly and the way that my father taught me to swim. Not the most flawless of ways but it did work. With this being Memorial Day and as most people like to say "the start of Summer", most families will be taking their kids to the pool and the beach. Although not every parent signs their child up for swim lessons, there are some very good reasons to do so. Swim lessons can help your child build up confidence while they’re in the water. If you’re ready to help your child take swim lessons, you will appreciate these seven reasons on why it’s a good idea.



Safety in the pool - Swim lessons helps to teach major safety within a pool. Not only are swim lessons teaching a child how to swim, they are teaching them how to be super safe in the pool.

Adjustment to water - Not every child learns how to swim during their first few weeks in the water. However, children learn to adjust to the water the more time they spend inside of it. Kids who spend more time in water are less likely to be afraid of it as time goes on.

Swimming is great exercise - Almost every parent is looking for ways to get their child more involved in physical exercise and that’s where swimming comes in. Swimming is a great way to get your child moving and grooving during those summer months.

Save your child’s life - If we’re being honest, we know that accidents happen around water all the time. It’s important that your child learns how to swim, just in case they are faced with issues in the water. Accidents happen in a matter of seconds and experience in the water can help make important decisions quickly.


You’re never too young for swim lessons - Some parents are mistaken that their children are too young for swim lessons, however, this isn’t true. You’re never too young for swim lessons and the sooner you start, the better!

Summer routine - If you’re looking for something to get your children involved in this summer, swimming is the perfect activity. Lessons are consistent, which means you can get into a summer routine and keep the kids busy!

For the experience - There are some parents who sign their child up every summer for swim lessons. The experience a child gets from taking swim lessons is irreplaceable. It’s worth every dime spent because your child is going to learn something at every lesson.

Swim lessons are typically available at the local YMCA branch, a local pool, or even a local swim school. Search for rates that match your budget and go from there. There is hardly a parent that has ever regretted getting their child swim lessons.

Would your child be swimming this summer? Have you thought of swim lessons? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Could not agree with you more. Not only is it great exercise but it can save their lives.

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  2. I love this post as this is exactly the way my son learnt how to swim. He was very afraid of the ocean but after just a few pool lessons he became very confident and was no longer afraid of the open waters. There is so much to gain from swimming lessons!

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  3. I love this post as this is exactly the way my son learnt how to swim. He was very afraid of the ocean but after just a few pool lessons he became very confident and was no longer afraid of the open waters. There is so much to gain from swimming lessons!

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  4. It's so important for children to be comfortable in the water. It's such a good summertime activity and swimming was always a big part of my life and for my children too.

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  5. I haven't been to a pool in a very long time. These are really great tips. Everyone should give their kids swim lessons especially if they're going to be near water.

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  6. I want and need to get my girls into swim lessons. I think my ..or I know my 10 year old is ready because she was taught the basics from her dad. My 8 year old is still terrified.

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  7. My kiddos are in swim lessons. They have been the past two summers. I think it's so very important and agree with all your points!

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  8. Swimming is a very important skill to have, this is something all kids should be learning!

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  9. We had to feel confident about our kids in the pool so lessons are a must! Great tips!

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  10. I totally agree with you. It's so important for kids to learn to swim from a young age so they're confident and safe near the water.

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  11. My daughter took swim lessons when she was younger. She is an extremely strong swimmer to this day. It was a great decision to send her to swim lessons.

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  12. I think it's never too early to learn to swim. The earlier you can sign your child up for lessons, the better.

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  13. My son has been a few times. He's a different kind of learner though... he seems to go slower than most at the get-go. Then all the sudden he swings out and tops the pack by far. I've never seen anything like it. I'm hoping that's what's going on with swimming too. He's been a little gunshy so far.

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  14. I agree, every child should learn to swim and it is never to early. These are great reasons for why they should learn, the most important one being the safety of your child.

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  15. Swimming is really an important skill everyone, not only kids, should know how to do. You'll never know when you might be needing this to save your own life.

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  16. It's life-saving for anyone whom know how to swim. Swimming is a must know for everyone!

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  17. Great tips! When my kids were young, I let them take swimming lessons to help them overcome their fear of the water.

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  18. I agree, swimming lessons is good for young kids to learn not only on summer but be a weekend activity for them.

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  19. Great points! I learned how to swim because I had to for school. Then later on, I did realize how important it is to learn how to swim especially that in our country, sudden high floods are becoming frequent now.

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  20. I agree with Connie - that children should be comfortable in water. They probably will not like it at first but in the future, they'll be going on vacations and beach trips ( stuff that they wont know yet when they're young ) & it's important that one knows how to swim > for safety reasons mostly.

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  21. I think swimming is so important to teach your kids. It is a skill that can save their life. My kids love to swim.

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  22. I agree kids should learn swimming while they are still young! I did when I was and it's something you can't unlearn! It's good for the body too!

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  23. It's that time of year again! Good to have these tips handy before hitting the swimming pool!

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  24. It is so important to take swimming classes. Mostly for safety reason and peace of mind. Besides, it is good for self esteem

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  25. Swimming is definitely something kids need to learn. It could save their life. Amber N

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  26. Swim lessons for children is a must foe their activities. This should be included on their training and other martial arts learning. Sports too, has its own essence for children.

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  27. I took swimming lessons when I was a lot younger and it definitely helped a lot! This is definitely true in every aspect! :D

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  28. i could see the great importance of learning this life saving skill... i almost drwoned when i was young... and now i am proud that i took the lessons and a license open water diver now.

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  29. Really informative post. It is more important for our children to be comfortable in the water. I think swimming is the most important skill for everyone and it is a life-saving aspect for anyone. Thanks a lot for sharing your great tips.

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  30. Great points ! I want my little one to start with swimming soon as she loves water alot but weather is playing kind of hide and seek so just delaying it.

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  31. Last summer my son enrolled in a swimming school and now he's a better swimmer than me

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  32. I agree with everything on the list. I for one cannot swim to safe my own life, that's why I want my kids to be able to hone their skills in swimming during their younger years. It's a necessity nowadays to know how to swim, even if it's just the basics, it might save a life one day.

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  33. I think the earlier they learn to swim, the less resistance they would have. It can also save their lives and allow them to learn faster.

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  34. I also value the importance of letting your child learn how to swim. We never know where life will take us. They may need the skill in the future.

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  35. My neice is five years old and she's taking swimming lessons, along with dance, music and jiu jitsu haha such a busy kid. But I guess it makes her more versatile and makes her more sociable. She's a sweet princess. So I'd agree about all your points on swimming!

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  36. Knowing how to swim is a life skill that all of us must learn to know. My friend pointed out that we should learn not to panic when we are in deep water as we can naturally float. Personally, I can only swim a few strokes. Hopefully, I can improve on that skill.

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  37. I agree that swimming is a life skill and it's important that kids learn about water safety from early on. Great post. Thanks!

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  38. I enjoyed swimming when I was younger and my daughter has taken an interest in it. However, she still has some fear when the water touches her face/hair so no going underwater at the moment. Taking baby steps, one at a time ;)

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  39. We are doing swimming lessons this summer! I didn't have them as a child and want to be sure mine do have them.

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  40. I don't have children of my own but I used to love taking swimming lessons in summer. Thanks for the lovely article :)

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  41. Agree with you. Swimming is good exercise to workout the whole body. Thanks for the tips.

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  42. I couldn't agree any better! Although I grew up in an archipelago, it's sad how I didn't get to learn how to swim properly. :( My family loves the sea, and we'd usually rent a big raft with a cottage and sail to the deeper parts of the water when I was younger -- which is sadly why I never learned how to swim. My parents couldn't teach me the basics 'cause I was too scared I would drown. And I really could, 'cause the water is already so deep!

    Anyhow, when I have kids in the future, I'd make sure to take your advice and sign them up for swimming lessons. :)

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  43. I will be signing up my little one for swimming lessons this summer. She loves to play in the pool but hate the lessons. I had enrolled her last year but had to stop, because she refused to learn. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping she does it this summer.

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  44. Everything you said here is just on point. For me, safety is the most important lesson, especially since adults are not always present

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  45. Wonderful tips! We started our little one in swim when she turned three because we are literally surrounded by water where we are in Seattle. :) Our little one loves the heated pool!

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  46. She starts Level 2 swim lessons in a couple of weeks! Yay for swim lessons. Love this post!

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