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Lifeskills Learned in Swim Class

The next time you head to the pool for swimming lessons,

consider the life skills your children are learning as well.

We all know that swimming offers many benefits:  it’s a great form of exercise, and you meet like-minded people of all ages and from all walks of life.  However, there is a lot more going on  –  both in and out of the pool  – than meets the eye.

Bottom line:  lessons learned at the pool teach us valuable skills we use in everyday life  –

  • Organizational skills: Forget your suit and goggles, and you are probably not going to swim! Boy Scouts have nothing on swimmers when it comes to the motto, “Be Prepared.”
  • Follow directions: Swimmers must have the ability to listen well, process information, take direction and be led. A relationship based on trust between the swimmers and the instructor is a crucial ingredient to swimming success.
  • Teamwork: Swimming is considered an individual sport, but when you are sharing a pool with other people you are working together as a team to achieve a common goal.
  • Hard Work: The sport of swimming requires strength and the willingness to work hard. In swimming, there are no shortcuts to the top.
  • Discipline: Swimming is a demanding sport and it takes discipline and commitment to stick with it.

We think its pretty neat that skills learned in swim class extend beyond just swimming! Who knew a weekly swim class could provide valuable skills for an entire lifetime?!

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