Children must learn to swim. Formal swimming lessons are important to prevent drowning and keep your family safe around the water. But, not all swimming lessons are considered equal. Parents are encouraged to carefully consider which program is best for their child. After all, swimming lessons are about more than simply having fun in the water. Children need to learn how to swim and survive in the water as the foundation to safely enjoy water activities. Some swim programs teach activities that are actually not beneficial to the learning process. Some of these include:
No matter which swimming lesson program you choose for your child, remember these tips to ensure your family is prepared to safely enjoy the water.
Shallow Water Blackout: How It Happens
Teens often play a game to see who can hold their breath the longest. This can be a dangerous game and shallow water blackout can happen to even the most fit individual. People who hold their breath while swimming or practicing holing their breath underwater are at risk for passing out from a lack of oxygen. Please read more at shallowwaterblackout. People who hold their breath while swimming or practicing breath-holding underwater in pools are at risk of “passing out” due to lack of oxygen. Please read more at shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org
Your opinion of YOU is what’s important. – Most of the good things you do will go unnoticed by others. Do them anyway, because you will notice. Many of the contributions you make will not be fully realized by others. Make them anyway, because you realize they are the right things to do. It’s great when you receive recognition for the things you do, yet even when there is no possibility of recognition, YOU still recognize the reasons you are putting forth the effort. Your honest, authentic view of yourself influences all that you do. And that view is formed mainly during times when no one is watching. Your life is a living expression of who you know yourself to be, regardless of what others think or see.
It’s OK to let some people walk away. – You don’t have control over the things people say about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize it. Leave people to their opinions and judgments. Let them love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be. Or let them walk away if they choose. They can’t harm you either way; it’s their understanding that is faulty, not yours.
Challenges are simply opportunities. – When you encounter resistance, it means you are moving forward. When you come across a challenge, it means you have reached an opportunity for growth. Life becomes more rewarding as it becomes more demanding. Each new challenge is an opportunity to stretch beyond your previous limits. Most of the advantages you enjoy today were born in the difficulties through which you once traveled. So revel in the beauty of each challenging effort. Give your best to life, and life will return the favor many times over.
There’s a lot to appreciate in this moment. – Your journey will be much lighter and easier if you don’t try to carry your entire past and future around with you. Take a break. Let go of your obsession with yesterday’s struggles and tomorrow’s to-do list, and simply enjoy the beauty of what’s right here, right now. Sometimes you have to stop thinking that some new richness will fulfill you, so you can fully experience the richness that's already yours.
SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF BABY SWIM LESSONS
by Lana Whitehead SWIMkids USA
#1 REDUCES THE RISK OF DROWNING