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Swim For [More Than] Fun


I recently read a quote about Esther Williams, an American competitive swimmer in the 1940’s describing a particular incident in the pool. She said, “Somehow, I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character and strength that I had developed as that little girl in her first swimming pool.”

The more involved I get in the swimming sphere, the more I find how much it relates to running. Runners love to coexist, group together and pace and train with one another. But there is something otherworldly about running, the methodical pounding of feet on the pavement, the focus on breathing, the need to relax the neck and the shoulders, elbows and wrists. I find running to be therapeutic, orderly, and peaceful- and elixir on a stressful day where I can become one with the pavement. What I am quickly realizing, however, is that swimming is very much the same. The systemic movements of the arms, rythmetic breathing, and keeping the tempo of each leg as it kicks. There is something soothing about the waves in the pool and the cadence of your body as you reach and pull and glide through the water.

Unfortunately, swimming tends to not get the credit it deserves as an intense, competitive, and therapeutic form of exercise. In addition to the cardiovascular, and low impact advantages, swimming provides benefits that many people may not even be aware of; improved flexibility, reduced cholesterol, and improved brain function.  Let’s take a look at the top 5 benefits of swimming:

  1. Swimming Expands Cerebral Communications – Similar to walking, swimming is a bilateral movement as such the cross patterning movements facilitates communication, feedback and modulation from one side of the brain to the other. This then activates both hemispheres and all four lobes of the brain simultaneously which results in heightened cognition and increased ease of learning. This would allow one to think more clearly in an extreme and even life threatening circumstance.


  1. Improved Asthma Symptoms – Unlike exercising in the often dry air of the gym, or contending with seasonal allergies or frigid winter air, swimming provides the chance to work out in moist air, which can help reduce exercise-induced asthma symptoms. Not only can exercising in the pool help avoid asthma attacks if you’re prone to them, some studies have shown that swimming can actually improve the condition overall. According to a study published in the journal, Respirology, when a group of kids completed a six-week swimming program, they saw improvements in symptom severity, snoring, mouth-breathing, and hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Moreover, the health benefits were still apparent a year after the swimming program had ended. Even those without asthma could benefit from swimming, say the study’s authors, as the exercise can increase lung volume and teach proper breathing techniques.


  1. Improved Flexibility – Unlike exercise machines in a gym that tend to isolate one body part at a time (like a bicep curl machine, for example), swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible. The arms move in wide arcs, the hips are engaged as the legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, with every stroke, as you reach forward, you’re lengthening the body, which not only makes it more efficient in the water; it also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.


  1. Built in Resistance – Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. And because water affords 12 times the resistance as air in every direction, it creates the additional element of strength training. Furthermore, swimming is simultaneously a cardiovascular and strengthening activity, a benefit not many workouts can provide.


  1. Reduced risk of drowning – And for the obvious – Swimming contributes to a major element of safety. Oklahoma has the largest shoreline in the Union and contains 1,401 square miles of water in lakes, rivers and ponds. That is bigger than the state of Rhode Island!  That being said, the risk of drowning among individuals greatly increases.  I, believe however, that death/injury, as a result of drowning/near drowning is preventable.  Studies how that participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%!


So, while running may be your “ go to” form of therapy, I urge you to consider swimming. As all great exercises do, swimming develops “discipline, character and strength,” and compliments walking, running, resistance training, and other forms of cardio exercises.

The Step by Step Guide to Your First Day of Swim Class


So, you have enrolled your child (or yourself!) into a swim class, now what?  Great question! Below you will find a step by step guide to your very first day of Swim Classes at Miller Swim School. We are excited to have you!

  1. Login to your Parent Portal:
  • You have already registered and paid for swim class. Next, we ask that you login to the Parent Portal (which you can access via our website here) and read through and agree to the Policies and Procedures. It is imperative that this is completed before your first class!
  1. Prepare your Swim Bag:
  • We recommend the swimmer comes prepared with a swim suit and towel. If goggles are already regularly used, bring those along too! Goggles are not required for lessons, and we typically prefer swimmers begin without them. Swimmers who are not potty trained must also come prepared to wear a reusable, machine washable swim diaper (iplay is the brand you want to look for!).
  • A change of clothes and shower necessities are also optional. Our locker rooms contain showers for your disposal, and many of our swimmers prefer to shower off after their classes.
  1. Know Where to Go:
  • When you enter the building, stop by the front desk to pick up your welcome packet! This packet contains a hard copy of our Policies and Procedures, a yearly calendar, samples, coupons, and much more!
  • The Front Desk Staff can then direct you to our changing rooms. Swimmers may arrive dressed or you may utilize one of these spaces to change clothes and store your belongings. Please make sure to utilize the restrooms before you enter the pool deck!
  • Check in on the Pool Deck. Each shift has a deck supervisor who will check you in and direct the swimmer to their station. At this point, parents, you may drop your swimmer off or wait with them until the instructor has made their way over to begin the class.
  • All parents, grandparents, guardians will exit the pool deck and may view the classes from the Observation rooms.
  1. During Class:
  • Sit back and watch as your swimmer works through our infamous 10 step progression, getting more acclimated to the water each time. Take pictures and videos to track progress over the coming months and share with loved ones who are unable to watch during class time.
  • Be patient and encouraging. Many of these sensations and skills may be new and frightening for some swimmers. Remember that we can see you though the glass – an occasional thumbs up can go a long way when a nervous swimmer attempts their first skills! And be patient with us- repetition is key in this kind of learning. Repeating the same skills may appear redundant, but is vital in creating muscle memory and confidence!
  1. After Class:
  • Swimmers may be picked up on the pool deck at their station and will exit through the locker rooms. At this time swimmers may shower, rinse off, get dressed, or simply leave as they came!
  • We do ask that no wet bodies exit into the lobby area as the floor can become very slippery.
  • Have questions or concerns? Feel free to stop by and chat with the deck supervisor who would be more than happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have after the lesson!
  1. Practice, Practice, Practice:
  • During the next 7 days, take advantage of the feedback the instructor gave at the end of class. Utilize the homework suggestions page on our website for activities that may be done in or out of the water to help strengthen Level specific skills!
  • Come to Family Swim. There is a lifeguard on duty and an open pool for positive, playful and productive exposure to the water in-between weekly classes!

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at any time via email,, or give us a call during our business hours at 918-254-1988. We look forward to seeing our swimmers in their classes each week

Injury and Pregnancy – Why Water Fitness is a Beneficial Activity for Both!


Among others, there are two things injury and pregnancy have in common for the average active woman; weight gain and the inability to perform certain exercises previously a part of the daily workout regimen.  Fortunately, if not ironically, there is a solution for both; water exercise. Water exercise comes in various forms, the most common are lap swimming, water walking, and water aerobics. For both pregnancy and most stress related injuries, water aerobics is often the most beneficial type of water fitness activity. Water aerobics, by definition, is a safe, low impact exercise program that utilizes the natural buoyancy and resistance of the water to enhance cardiovascular conditioning, strength and flexibility.

While exercising in the water, the natural buoyancy properties only require that the body support 50% of its weight. Furthermore, 50%-80% of bone and joint stress is absorbed by the water when exercising in chest deep water, due to the same property.  The warmth of the water also creates a soothing environment for relieving pain and stiffness. As pregnancy or injury may cause inflammation and stiffness, immersing in warm water raises ones body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation and alleviating swelling and rigidity. This means that for those coping with achy feet, joints, back, breasts, or those suffering a stress fracture, plantar fasciitis, stressed muscles, or other similar injuries, the swimming pool could become an oasis of relief for these issues.

Another beneficial characteristic of water fitness is that water naturally lends itself to strength training as it provides resistance in all directions. In fact, the water provides 12-14 times more resistance than air during land exercises. This means then that both flexion/extension and abduction/adduction may be performed with little to no need for added weight while receiving the same benefits as the weighted move on land. Moreover, most exercises executed on land may be performed in a similar manner in the water with the added benefit of the water aiding in balance, reducing the risk of a stress related injury, and allowing high impact exercises to be performed in a low impact environment.

There is a branch of water aerobics designed specifically for expectant mothers, called Pre-Natal Water Aerobics. The exercises performed in the 30-60 minute long classes are based on the particular needs and limitations of a mom-to-be.  Depending on the structure of the course, participating in a pre-natal water aerobics class can provide mothers with time of quiet relaxation, away from the stresses of daily living, which has been shown to create a calming effect for both mother and baby as well as lower blood pressure and anxiety which prevents supplemental health issues during a pregnancy. On the other hand, involvement in a pre-natal water fitness class creates a community, designed specifically for women in a similar situation, allowing for a special camaraderie among participants to share struggles, fears, excitement, and tips as they experience pregnancy together.

Maintaining activity during pregnancy has been shown to lower blood pressure, which causes less strain on the heart and other organs. Continuing exercise also retains a fit and flexible body, which creates the opportunity for an easier labor and delivery and creates a smoother transition into recovery and weight loss post-pregnancy.

One of the best features of water aerobics, water walking, aqua step or water yoga, is that you don’t have to have to know how to swim to participate. Most of the activity is performed in the shallow end or in a shallow pool designed specifically for the program. Furthermore, use of equipment such as deep-water exercise belts, noodles, floating dumbbells, and kickboards act as a type of pfd (personal floatation device) when entering deeper areas of the pool. There is also other equipment designed specifically for water fitness to aid in strengthening core muscles, legs hips and the upper body, as well as improving cardiovascular respiratory condition, such as webbed gloves and paddles, water weights, steps, water fitness balls (similar to medicine balls), flippers, and resistance bands.

So, if you are a runner and due to injury, you find yourself unable to do the thing you love most, head towards the pool. With a deep-water belt and some shoes, you’ll be experiencing running like never before, without the added risk of aggregating the injury. Or if you love the feeling of being fit and healthy, and find that you are expecting a new little addition to your family, good news! The water provides a safe, risk free environment, where you can escape the stress of life and congregate with other mothers-to-be, meanwhile modifying your daily exercise routine to keep both baby and mother healthy.

Give the Gift of Life, Swim Lessons!


With the birth of our daughter, this Holiday Season my husband and I have been re-evaluating our Christmas Lists. Usually filled with items that can be worn and discarded the following year, we wondered if we were going to be sending the wrong message to our daughter about the value of things. Therefore, we decided to go a less traditional route and give less “items” and more things of value. One of those things this year will be swimming lessons.

Our daughter will be of age for the Diaper Dolphins class this Spring. We couldn’t think of a more beneficial activity to start her off in than swimming. The skills she will learn in this class will create a foundation that will be built upon the rest of her life. Not only will she (and daddy) learn about water safety in the pool and at home, but they will have the invaluable opportunity to create a special bond during the 6 weeks of lessons.

As a parent I will gain peace of mind, knowing that my daughter is not only gaining knowledge of how to swim but she is learning a skill that could one day save her life. I know that as kindergarten and middle school roll around, she will never be embarrassed at a pool party because she cannot swim, I know that in high school and college during lake trips and Spring Break trips to the beach that she will make wise decisions regarding the water. I can even hope that one day she might continue through and obtain the Level 8 graduation medal and join the swim team!

So I am taking her gift certificate home today, ready to put in her stocking. My husband couldn’t be more excited to be sharing this unique experience with our daughter.  We hope that you consider giving your children the opportunity to learn how to swim or to even improve their swimming skills. You never know when they will need the skill that could save their life.

Swimming in the Winter? Yes, Please!


We know that Winter typically isn’t a season you would associate with Swim Lessons, but we, at Miller, believe there is truly no better time to start! Here are a few of our responses to reasons for taking a break, that we commonly hear during the winter months.

  1. Cold Weather and Wet Hair Don’t Mix.

Did you know we keep our water 90+ degrees year-round? It feels refreshing in the Summer and like a warm bathtub in the Winter! Furthermore, our locker rooms are heated so that when little ones get out of the pool, they don’t get chilled while showering and drying off. We also provide hair dryers for kids to use after lessons so no need to leave our facility with wet hair! Parents are encouraged to bring a stocking hat for their kiddos and obviously a jacket if its cold, but there is no need to leave the facility in a wet suit or with wet hair! Stay warm and dry outside and inside!

  1. A few weeks off won’t affect their progress… surely…  

After months of commitment and hard work at lessons, surely a few weeks off won’t affect your swimmers progress, right? Unfortunately, the start/stop/start/stop routine makes for some pretty inconsistent swimmers. Skills and confidence gained over a few months are quickly lost with no practice. Furthermore, bad habits are developed in the “off” season resulting in more setbacks when constructive instruction begins again. Our recommendation is to stick with swimming, even in the off months. These few extra weeks can give a child the extra boost they need to get over a hump, or a skill they have been stuck on for some time. It also allows children a physical activity to do when the weather gets too cold to play outside, enabling them to exercise and learn a valuable skill!

  1. We need to save money.

Budgeting for the holidays can leave us all feeling fairly overwhelmed. We completely understand the desire to save a few dollars during the holiday season. Before you cancel your lessons for these winter months, you might take this into consideration…Unfortunately, your students will regress in the time they take off which can make you actually feel like all that time and money you’ve invested in swim lessons is lost. Furthermore, most of our Winter months are Pro-Rated, which means you have a discounted tuition rate as is! You might also consider asking for Swimming Lessons as a Christmas gift for you or your kiddos. What better Christmas gift than the gift of life through water safety!

  1. We don’t really need to swim in the Winter, its mainly a Summer sport.

Drowning knows NO SEASON. A drowning or near drowning incident can occur any time, any place with as little as 1” of water and most often happens when we least expect it. We ask you to consider spending the cold winter months (when not many outdoor activities are even available) in swim class, building up a strong water safety base BEFORE summer even arrives. Hop in the warm pool this winter with your babies and watch them as they flourish in the pool next summer due to the months of exposure to swimming and safety skills! Winter is an ideal time to start or continue swim lessons!

Help Your Child Learn to LOVE the Water!


It’s your first day for swim lessons at Miller Swim School. You approach the pool deck to check your child in, but their mood suddenly changes. Tears are streaming down their face suddenly your very excited child becomes anxious and is asking to leave.
Surprisingly, this reaction is completely normal and can be conquered with a combination of patience and practice. Before you come to your first class (and even thereafter), here are a few ways you can help your ease your child’s anxiety about the pool and swim lessons:

1. Utilize your time in the tub!
Up to this point, you have most likely spent lots of time with your child in the bath and whether you have realized it or not, the bath is the BEST place to start working on those swimming skills with your children! Here are a few great conditioning skills we encourage parents to try at home before and after lessons:

  • Trying on goggles to get your child comfortable with how they feel and how they can see underwater
  • Blowing bubbles in the water
  • Slowly pouring cups of water over your child’s head
  •  Laying on their back with their ears in the water
  • Put them in the shower!

Of course, we can’t predict how your child will react to the sight of the pool, but basic water exposure goes a long way.

2. Be patient and encouraging.
Don’t get frustrated. It might take some time for those tears to stop. Offer words of encouragement on the way to your lesson and reward your child for achieving milestones in the water.

Gina Miller Kinnison, COO at Miller Swim School, knows from personal experience how long the process can take. When her youngest son, Noah, showed up for his first day of class after a long break from the pool, he quickly went from happy to terrified.  It took several weeks for the crying to stop, but it eventually subsided, and he has since learned to love the water and eventually went on to join the Swim Team.

3. Take a step back.
It is hard to watch your child get upset when trying out a new activity. The sight of tears can make parents question their motives for coming to swimming lessons in the first place. Gina breaks down how she rationalized “letting go”:

“As a swim instructor herself, Gina knew what it was going to take to get him comfortable in the water. We knew we had to stay out of sight , and we knew it could take a few weeks.. We never saw his apprehension to getting in the water as fear. Swim lessons were a non negotiable activity for all of our children because of the incredibly important skill it taught; water safety. ”

Don’t give up just yet! Making the jump into swimming as a family can be daunting, but the physical and social benefits last for a lifetime. Check out the Homework Suggestions on our website for more ideas on how to help your child become more comfortable in the pool!

Skills ALL Swimmers Should Know


Have you ever wondered what the some of the most important skills we expect for our swimmers to gain from being in lessons with us? Having spent over 50 years developing our curriculum, we believe that each little piece is an important piece of the puzzle, but to narrow down a few, here are 4 major things we believe each swimmer should be able to do.

  1. Safe Water Entry:

Jumping into the pool seems like the best way to get into the water, but it can also be a major safety hazard for you and your swimmers. Safe Water entry is the very first skill we teach in all of our classes, no matter the age or the level. We also require our swimmers to obtain permission from an adult before entering the pool. This teaches little swimmers the important of never getting in the water without parental supervision. The second step we teach is to slide in on their bellies – feet first. This ensures that swimmers never jump or dive in the body of water, sight unseen, accidentally hitting their heads or bottoms in a shallow pool or on some obstruction in the bottom of a body of water. It is very important for your little swimmers to know how to sit down, slide in and enter the pool safely and properly – it’s even more important for them to know that getting out of the pool is just as easy (elbow, elbow, tummy, knee, knee)! We even teach our little Flippers how to monkey crawl along the wall of the pool and hang there until help comes or until they can pull themselves out. Safely entering and exiting the water is a must at Miller!

  1. Roll Over and Back Float:

Let’s talk about a major safety skill! Back floating is an essential element in water safety. Whether you are an exhausted swimmer, a child that has fallen into the water, or a stranded swimmer waiting for help, back floating can help save a life! We start our swimmers on their backs from the very first lesson. The sensation of getting water in their ears and sometimes eyes, can take some getting used to. But, once they get the hang of it, starting in either Diaper Dolphins or Level 1, they continue to use the skill in various way all the way through Level 8! We want our swimmers to be prepared for every situation they may encounter!

  1. Breath Control:

Another set of skills we teach right off the bat are water acclimation and breath control. Water acclimation is the process of becoming comfortable in and under the water. Some swimmers are best eased into this process, while others are ready to jump right in! Following water acclimation, we work on breath control – aka – blowing bubbles. Breath control plays a bigger role in swimming than many people realize! Having proper breath control ensures that when swimmers go under water they are blowing air out instead of breathing water in. Sounds simple huh? Research shows that holding the breath helps a child to avoid uncomfortable sensations such as sniffing, inhaling or excessively drinking the water during a submersion. Children as young as 4-6 months can use breath control for a successful submersion. As children progress in their swimming development and begin to learn overarm freestyle, good breath control is again advantageous. They can swim with their faces in the water, which in turn puts less stress on the body and less strain on the neck and spine. Having in in the lungs also aids with floatation and promotes efficient body position (streamline with head down), which in turn makes it easy for the arms to clear the water with a nice, high stroke.

  1. Treading Water:

Have you ever jumped into a pool and it was deeper than you expected? Or have you been wading in a pool or the ocean and before you knew it you were swept out to deeper water where you could no longer touch? These are both ideal situations for needing to know how to tread water. Little swimmers playing in the shallow end can quickly and easily be swept into deeper waters without warning! If they cannot get into an immediate back float, they should at least be able to tread water long enough to keep their heads above the water until help arrives. Surprisingly, there are various ways to tread water – some more efficient than others. When learning to tread, the most efficient techniques may be the scissor kick, Breaststroke kick, or a Rotary kick. Remember also to practice treading with your clothes on, a skill we introduce during our two safety weeks! If you or your little one were to fall into the water, you may not always be prepared in a swim suit, and treading water fully clothed can be tricky and requires more stamina if you have not practiced for it!

Why We Swim Year Round – Even in the Winter!


Swimming? In the Winter? YES!

As we prepare for our winter sessions each year, I notice that some of our parents take their children out of class “as a precautionary measure”. They are convinced that their child will catch cold or the flu from being in the pool and getting wet during the winter. When these same swimmers return early in the spring, I am often told that they still caught colds or the flu during the winter months. Not only do these children miss out on the benefits of winter swimming during the “lay off” period; in most cases, their skills noticeably regress.

Colds and flu are generally transmitted by casual contact with an infected person. There is more likelihood they will catch a cold or flu from a sibling (or from you) than from swimming. One rule of thumb to follow: if your child is sick, keep him/her home to minimize exposure to others.

What are the benefits of winter swimming? Children who swim through the winter maintain continuity and increase their skill levels as they practice each week. Physical fitness is increased, and children who swim year round actually tend to be healthier than their non-swimming counterparts.

The deep breathing that occurs in swimming helps keep the lungs clear of accumulated mucous, reducing the chance of respiratory problems. In fact, swimming is a preferred exercise for asthmatics because of the warm, moist environment we maintain. The type of deep breathing that occurs in swimming helps to pump the cerebrospinal fluid through the body, assisting the body in maintaining a high intake of oxygen to the brain and the blood.

It is amazing to watch young children enjoy themselves in the water. Even our youngest babies have a look of sheer pleasure on their face. Research has shown that when we enjoy ourselves, the brain produces very powerful biochemicals called endorphins, which are the strongest painkillers known to mankind. Not only do endorphins ease pain, they boost the immune system, which is a vital part of staying healthy during the cold, winter months.

So, parents, here’s the prescription for a happy, healthy child this winter:

  • Keep them home when they are sick.
  • Dress them warm by layering when it’s cold outside.  Keep those hats on, because 70% of the body’s heat is lost through the top of the head.  Several layers will insulate better than one big, thick layer. And our water is kept at a warm 89 degrees, which makes the air feel chilly when they get out of the pool (similar to getting out of a warm bath or shower!), so have a towel ready at hand!
  • Feed them a nutritionally sound diet-really push those fruits and vegetables!
  • Keep them physically active by enrolling them in swim class at Miller-where you will find excellence in aquatic education!

Summer Water Safety Reminders

  •  Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  •  Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision
  •  Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  •  Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  •  Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  •  Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  •  Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  •  Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
  •  Don’t rely on life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
  •  Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  •  Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
  •  Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble
  •  Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
  •  Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water

Benefits to Year Round Swimming


As summer comes to an end and fall approaches, many families are under the impression that the swimming season is over as well. This, however, is not the case! Miller Swim School believes that swimming should not be seasonal, but instead, a year-round activity that proves to have several advantages.

Children who swim year-round (and from infancy) are significantly stronger and more coordinated than those who do not according to several studies. The use of the entire body mixed with the water resistance improves strength and flexibility while minimizing injuries that are more likely to occur in other sports.

A scientific study found that children who swim year-round scored higher in problem solving skills.

Also, children who swim year-round are less likely to become ill than children with a less active lifestyle. Swimming keeps the immune system in shape and exercise invigorates the entire body. A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy child!

Consistent swimming (and especially learning to swim) helps children succeed throughout their life. Swimming encourages setting and attaining goals, overcoming fears to assert independence and finding new and fun ways to stay active. Something as simple as being able to play independently in a pool with friends is a huge accomplishment for young kids and the confidence that it builds is seen in school, social situations and in other recreational activities. We see a drastic change in the confidence and self-esteem of the children we teach throughout the school year. Children who were once very timid and unable or afraid to swim with their peers are now independent, confident swimmers at birthday parties, lake trips, and at camp. This new found confidence is then transferred across to school and other extra curricular activities which we find increases performance and drive.

Swimming skills, just like skills needed for any other activities, can be lost over time. If a child goes the entire school year without swimming, they lose many of the skills they may have had the summer prior which can actually be quite discouraging. Unlike riding a bike or playing soccer, if a child forgets how to swim, the consequences can be much more devastating.

There are many articles and studies listing all of the benefits of year-round swimming, which serves to suggest that children benefit from year-round swimming for a multitude of reasons.