7 Reasons Why You Need To Teach Your Kids to Swim

April 3, 2019 8 Comments
Why You Need to Teach Your Kids to Swim

As a child myself I learnt to swim when I was 5, and as a Mother now I realise how important it is. So here are my 7 Reasons Why You Need To Teach Your Kids to Swim.

My Mum started both myself and my brother in swimming lessons as soon as we were old enough. It was mainly driven by the fact that my Mum never learnt to swim as a child, and as a result had a excessive fear of water and struggled to learn as an adult. She didn’t want the same for us.

As a result I have been a keen swimmer ever since. For general fun and fitness but also a member of swiming clubs, a lifeguard, taken part in open water swim events and enjoying other water sports including canoeing, white water rafting, body boarding and scuba diving. All of this would not have been possible if I couldn’t swim!

Through my own experiences I know the value of learning to swim at a young age, and here are my 7 Reasons Why You Need to Teach Your Kids to Swim.

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7 Reasons Why You Need To Teach Your Kids to Swim

1. Water Safety

We will start with probably the most important reason, SAFETY! Drowning sadly is still a leading cause of death in children, and one of my biggest fears. Children are naturally drawn to water, and everday life can expose them to sources of it, from the pool to rivers and lakes. A basic knowledge of how to tread water at least can stop a simple slip turning into a horrifying ordeal. If you teach your kids to swim it really could save their life!

2. Exercise and Fitness

We all know exercise is good for us, and we have all heard that child obesity is on the up. Well swimming might just be the perfect exercise for your kids. It’s an exercise that works most of the muscles in the body, yet the buoyancy of the water means there is no excess stress on growing bones and joints making it extremely low impact. It is also a sport that is accessible to children of all ages and abilities including children with additional needs.

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3. Teaching a Life Skill

Learning to swim is a skill that can open up many other doors, and will allow your child to have access to water based sports and activities throughout their life both home and away. Here are a few activities that just wouldn’t be possible if you couldn’t swim:

  • Diving
  • Syncronised Swimming
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Triathalon
  • Kayaking
  • White Water Rafting
  • Surfing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiiing
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba Diving

4. Having Fun!

Not only is swimming an amazing exercise and helps burn off all that pent up energy kids have, it is also incredibly fun. Children generally LOVE playing with and in water, and that fun is increased when they are water confident and able to swim independently. It also means as a parent you can relax a little and let them enjoy themselves.

5. Increased Family Fitness

If your children can swim confidently and independently then you are more likely to go swimming as a family as a regular past time, and maybe even try other water sports? Not only is it great for the kids, but will also improve the fitness of Mum and Dad too, and we all know the benefits of that!

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6. Teaches More Than Just Swimming

Having regular swimming lessons and getting involved with regular training can really help with discipline and behaviour. My son’s behaviour has improved dramtically with taking swimming lessons. Learning a skill like this where children can become independent can also really help build their confidence in and out of the water.

7. It’s a Skill They Will Have All Their Life

We all know kids seem to learn far quicker than us adults, so if you teach your kids to swim at a young age they will pick it up a lot quicker than waiting till they’re older. Swimming is also a skill which you can use all your life and a bit like riding a bike, once you’ve learnt how to swim you never forget it, so there is really no need to wait.

So that’s it, my 7 Reasons Why You Need to Teach Your Kids to Swim. Do you agree with them? Would you add any others to the list? Or do you not think it’s an important skill to teach young children? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

If you are in the process of, or are thinking about teaching you child to swim, then check out Simply Swim for their huge range of kid’s swimwear, flotation aids, googles and much much more.

Kerry x


  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy May 10, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I have also written a post on this important subject#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

    • Kerry May 23, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      Fab, it is so important to get the message out there!

  • Naomi Oikonomou May 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    What a great and very important post to put out there. Because my hubby is Greek both of my two children started lessons as soon as they’d had all their jabs! #kidsandkreativity

    • Kerry May 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      I wish we’d started ours younger in formal swimming lessons, but it just fitted in. Luckily just spending lots of time with them in the water means they are picking up pretty quickly.

  • I learnt to swim at a young age and has always loved being in water. My son loves water too, and it’s a great sensory experience, but he hasn’t quite learnt to swim yet. I agree everyone should learn to swim in childhood, if at all possible. I’ve been surprised to see how common it is to not be a swimmer here in the UK. With it being an island and all… 😉 And as you say, it’s so much fun, too!
    Safety wise, I’d add that kids should still be supervised in or around water even if they know how to swim. Many accidents happen even to kids (and adults) who are good swimmers x

    • Kerry May 23, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Yes absolutely Water confidence is one thing, but over confidence can be dangerous. I have drummed into my kids to respect the water, and stay away from rivers, ponds and streams.

  • Emma May 23, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    My eldest has always been a bit scared of water, even in the bath he can cry if too much water gets on his face! We’ve agreed that he’s going to start lessons once he’s 5 though (big boy at five ). Wish us luck! Great read, thanks for sharing! #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry May 23, 2019 at 7:04 pm

      I started both mine in formal lessons just over a year ago. Isla was 5, Oliver 4. 16 months later Isla can now swim 25m and is very confident. Oliver not as speedy progression (mainly because he likes to muck around more than listening to the teacher!) but can now swim (of a fashion) unaided 5m. I was really surprised how quick they seem to be picking it up.

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