If you’re children have spent the last three months begging for five more minutes in the swimming pool, it might be time to consider checking out Bearsharktopus Aquatic Swim Club that practices at FitClub. There’s far more reasons to consider a swimming team for your child than just to extend your child’s favorite summer activity. Swimming teams are one of the top organized athletic programs for improving physical and mental health, as well as confidence and camaraderie. Below are five reasons FitClub is proud to host the Bearsharktopus Aquatic Swim Club!
- Building strong friendships. Swimming is largely an individual sport, relay teams notwithstanding, but it builds instant camaraderie among members of the same team. Each time your child is in the pool, you can count on an entire team of fellow swimmers gathered on the side of the pool cheering for your child. And yes, for those of you wondering, your child can hear the encouragement during the race. Each time he or she takes a breath, the yelling teammates solidify the team aspect of an individual sport. Knowing your friends are there each time you take a breath is a pretty good metaphor for friendship and life!
- Safety first. Did you know that the second leading cause of accidental deaths for children between the ages of five and twenty-four is drowning? Learning pool safety, swimming skills, and competence in water is a skill that may save your child’s life. Learning to swim with a swim team is far more intense than learning to swim for fun. Your child can expect to learn stroke techniques that allow your child to competently swim in water above his or her head. Learning proper self-discipline around the pool and a respect for the water and hazards of the water will serve your child well.
- Many physical benefits. The physical and mental health benefits of swimming for children are almost too numerous to count. Swimming improves cardiovascular and lung health in people of all ages, but the resistance of the water and elegance of proper technique also improve strength and flexibility. Swimming, unlike other sports, also requires almost no impact on young joints and bones and improves balance.
- Stay calm and swim fast. Swimming also improves children’s mental and emotional health, as well. In fact, even Michael Phelps credit joining a swim team at a young age with managing his ADHD as a child. A swim team allows your child to get physical exercise in a fun atmosphere that they’ll look forward to at the end of the school day. The steady back and forth of the lanes and focus on proper technique provides an almost meditate experience for young children that may be struggling with focus and discipline or a stressful school year.
- All sports introduce young children to goal setting, but unlike many other sports, swimming allows for a child to learn to set and achieve individual goals. With each swim, the child has a chance to achieve his or her new best time and find success through hard work and attention to detail. Even a child that doesn’t come in first place can “win” each race if he or she improves on time, technique or attention to detail. Mastering a new stroke, skill, or drill is worth celebrating.
FitClub is proud to host the new season for the Bearsharktopus Aquatic Swim Club and wishes the club success and fun in its upcoming year!