In the third and final part of our Preparing for Summer Swimming series, we’ll explore the importance of Developing Strong Swim Skills. Previously, we delved into the importance of having a swim buddy and swimming in designated swim areas. So, without further ado, here’s why strong swim skills are essential for summer swimming!
To begin this conversation, it’s important to remember; learning to swim is about so much more than not drowning. Being a capable swimmer opens a door to a plethora of other activities such as competitive swimming or other water activities (waterskiing, recreational swimming for fun or fitness). These sports and activities will be able to enrich your life both mentally and physically. Regular swimmers are less likely to suffer from obesity, chronic pain, heart problems and more. Being a proficient swimmer can also present new job opportunities. Especially with summer just around the corner, swimming instructors or lifeguards are needed and these opportunities will stay closed to you unless you know how to swim yourself. And in all this, you’ll have the opportunity to build friendships and develop your social skills with people that share an interest in the same sport as you.
Now, aside from the recreational and career opportunities that swimming presents to us, there are real safety benefits associated with knowing how to swim. Here’s why knowing how to swim is essential:
- Still approximately 160 preventable water-related deaths each year in Ontario waters.
- Swimming was the most common recreational activity that led to drowning, as opposed to water-related activities like boating or diving.
- 8 out of 10 drowning victims are males, with 44% of drowning occurring in lakes.
At B&C Aquatics, we believe that swim lessons benefit people of all ages and walks of life. Whether you’re learning to swim in pools or open water, or you’re looking to enter your kids in swim lessons, knowing how to swim not only enriches your quality of life but also helps keep you water safe.