Swim lessons - The best character builder for your child
Aquawolf is a Swim South Africa accredited swim school in Cape Town. We focus on quality swim classes for gradual and consistent progress.
Through swimming, your child will build confidence & resilience - GUARANTEED!
It takes courage, and a lot of hard work and dedication to become a swimmer. Learning to swim as a child or an adult can sometimes be a difficult achievement. There can be setbacks and battles when trying to learn a complicated skill set. It’s important to persist and push yourself to achieve your goals. The lessons learned as a swimmer can lay the foundation for a happy, fulfilling life.
Benefits of swimming in early childhood
- Water safety and ultimately the prevention of drowning. An alarming number of children don’t know how to swim or have weak swimming ability. Learning to respect water from a young age is a great advantage. Swimming lessons for children between 12 – 24 months may reduce the risk of drowning. In this age group, they are basically taught, floating and horizontal balance, controlled breathing and awareness of water safety. Even if your child has had swim lessons, they should still be supervised at all times while in the water.
- Swimming can improve your brain (Cognitive) function. Bilateral cross-patterning movements, which use both sides of the body to act, help your child’s brain grow. The activity of swimming activates both hemispheres of the brain and all four lobes at the same time. When swimming, your child moves their arms while kicking their legs. Doing these actions in water means their brain is registering the tactile sensation of water plus its resistance.
- Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm. “As well as achieving physical milestones faster, children also scored significantly better in visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, colouring-in and drawing lines and shapes, and many mathematically-related tasks. Their oral expression was also better as well as in the general areas of literacy and numeracy”. Specifically, the 3- to 5-year-olds who swam were 11 months ahead of the normal population in verbal skills, six months ahead in math skills, and two months ahead in literacy skills. They were also 17 months ahead in story recall and 20 months ahead in understanding directions. Read more
- Swimming helps to promote important muscle development. Swimming develops gross motor skills which require whole-body movement that involve the large muscles of the body to perform everyday activities. These skills involve the coordination of the muscles and the neurological system.
- Gross motor abilities can affect a child’s ability to maintain appropriate upper body support to participate in fine motor skills. Along with building muscle, swimming can help your child to improve their coordination and balance which is important getting the arms and legs working together.
- Therefore through swimming children will strengthen the core (central) muscles that will provide greater body stability that will naturally lead to muscle strength to allow for better control for speed and direction of movement and muscular endurance to increase the length of time with which the child can maintain balance and coordination.
Swimming builds good character traits that will help your child to grow up happy and successful
There are several character traits that children need to learn to be successful in life. Here are some essential character traits they will learn through swimming.
- Courage. ‘The mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty’. Learning any new skill, especially to learn to swim, requires a brave approach. Once accomplished, children feel good about themselves and realise that they have the personal power to make courageous choices.
- Encourage your children to participate in activities that will push them to the border of their physical or emotional abilities, helping them to believe that they are strong, tough and that they can manage.
- Confidence. Confidence is immensely important to a child’s future. Remember, parents are a child’s first and best role models, so take time to restore your own confidence if necessary. Confidence isn’t something you are born with. Learning to swim takes courage. It’s a skill you have to learn in a ‘foreign’ element, water, that can be dangerous.
- Accomplishing it is a great achievement. Children love mastering a new skill and take great pride in their achievements. Success always boosts a child’s self-confidence and makes them eager to take on further challenges all good preparation for the harshness of adult life.
- Resilience. Swim lessons play a big part in helping our children to learn resilience. As swimming is very technical, they learn through trial and error. Resilient children are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges.
- Developing self-confidence – Establishing a good sense of self-concept, and an understanding of our values and what is important to us, and believing in ourselves – is what manifests as resilience.
- Social skills. Developing social skills in children will make them ready for a lifetime of healthier interactivity in all aspects of life. It does not just give our children a head-start, it also helps them grasp and begin to exercise the social skills they’ll need as they start school.
- Learning to swim doesn’t just give our children a head-start, it also helps them understand and begin to exercise the social skills they will need. Learning to swim is a pleasant and fun experience that will give them a positive boost in interacting and learning from one another.
- Through swimming lessons, children learn the benefits of two important social skills, teamwork and cooperation. It will also assist children to understand the importance that following instructions given by a group swimming instructor is an important transferable skill as they will also have these interactions in the classroom.
- Determination enables you to persevere in the face of difficulties. By getting back in the pool repeatedly to actually do the hard work displays a sense of long term dedication and a built-in aspiration to improve your skillfulness. ‘The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a man’s determination’ – Tommy Lasorda
- Self-respect. Learning to master a skill like swimming, is a great accomplishment. It creates pride and confidence in a child. That in turn will help them to know their values and how to live by them. It will help them to behave with honour and dignity from a young age and defend their values and actions.
Swimming is a full body workout and will transform you which builds self esteem
BEFORE – Aquawolf swimmer 2018
Swimming is a great cardio workout that burns a lot of calories and speeds up your metabolism. Swimmers are naturally health conscious and follow a nutritious, balanced diet that gives their bodies exactly the right types of nourishment. Swimmers also understand the importance of getting adequate sleep.
The muscles are defined without being too bulky. Certain muscles are noticeably more defined than others. The before and after photos of the now 14-year-old Aquawolf swimmer is proof of how children can develop. No weight training or mass building shakes. Just swimming, dryland (body-weight) exercises and eating healthy food regularly. They also drink lots of water.
Swimmers understand that taking care of their bodies is not just about what you feed it but also what you keep away from it. They have a healthy habit of avoiding alcohol and drugs. They keep their systems clean and organs healthy.
AFTER – Aquawolf swimmer 2020
The benefits of swimming for young and old is endless. Here are some of our blog articles covering certain aspects of swimming for children and adults.
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