Swimming year-round is the best way to protect your child from the very real danger of the water that we have here in Australia. Year-round swimmers retain a healthy respect for the water and build skills way beyond those of seasonal swimmers. Drowning is not only a summer danger. Creeks, open water, bathtubs and even covered swimming pools can be hazards; but year-round swimming is so much more than preventative medicine.
Scientific studies of infant swimming in Germany have shown that the early stimulation develops the child in three key areas- physically, mentally, and emotionally. As compared with a control group, which did not take year-round lessons, the children who swam consistently from infancy were significantly stronger and more coordinated. The muscles developed in a process similar to physical therapy enabled the children to excel at all physical activities and was not limited to swimming. The children also scored higher for intelligence and problem solving, which carried over into excellence and alertness in school. And, emotionally, children who swim year-round were found to be more self-disciplined and to have motivation and confidence to succeed.
We are all ill occasionally which prevents us from participating in everyday activities such as swimming. This is unfortunate but whatever the reason, if a student at The Swim Factory misses one or more lessons there is often a negative reaction to their performance upon their return to the pool. Obviously, the longer the absence the more backward steps the student makes. This is true for infants through to squad swimmers where routine, repetition and fitness play a key role in the continuous improvement of the individual. It’s a fact that swimmers who miss very few or no lessons throughout the year progress through the levels quicker and are able to swim more efficiently than a swimmer who has missed lessons.
A reminder to all our parents and swimmers that The Swim Factory is open as normal over the holiday period.
Ipswich: 1 Martin Street, Woodend, Ipswich QLD 4305 Ph: (07) 3812 2923
Springfield: Orion Springfield Central, 1 Main Street, Springfield Lakes QLD 4300 Ph: (07) 3470 0556