Contrary to popular beliefs, Winter is the best time of year to learn swimming and water safety skills! You can use the following information to educate parents on the importance of swimming all year round.
MYTH: Swimming in winter leads to children catching more colds
Fact: Swimming keeps children active throughout the year. Children who swim throughout winter often catch far less colds and flu, as they are often fitter and maintain stronger immune systems. However, it is always important to dress for the weather when leaving the pool! Students should be well dried, dressed warmly, and the use of beanie will assist in maintaining body temperature, avoiding likelihood of illness’. It is not recommended to leave the Swim Centre wrapped in a wet towel or swimwear.
MYTH: Having a break from swimming won’t affect a child’s water confidence
Fact: Swimming is commonly a confidence-based activity for children, learning to trust a new teacher, new depth in the pool, even a new activity can be a big hurdle for some learners.
Returning after a break can deter student’s confidence, and hinder their willingness to progress in skills. As many students’ swim in summer this can affect the way children spend time in the water when enjoying family water based activities as well.
MYTH: Having a few weeks break from lessons won’t affect a student’s skill progression or regression
Fact: Children often spend more time in and around water in summer which increases the risk of potential drowning. Children who stop swimming lessons over winter tend to forget or regress in their swimming skills, especially if their long term skill retention and muscle memory are in the early development stages.
Children are more likely to progress if they continue to develop skills that will enhance their water awareness and safety learnt during the warmer months.
Other benefits to Swimming in Winter:
- Demand for lessons is high in summer – it can often be difficult to secure a spot if waiting until the warmer weather arrives to enroll
- Classes tend to be smaller in winter which reduces the child to teacher ratio, due to parents pulling students out over winter.
Should parents choose to take students out of lessons during the colder months, they can endeavor to attend a pool as a family instead to give students the opportunity to practice and reinforce learnt skills.