At Blue Wave Swim School we know how much sports like swimming can help kids with staying active. A Happy Child is An Active Chid. Water doesn’t know how old you are so, literally everyone, adults, teenagers and a young child, can keep active through swimming.
Studies have shown, across different age groups, children who regularly take part in sports and structured activities like swimming enjoy several other amazing benefits. Actually, a large study in Australia showed how participation in swimming lessons, especially in the early years, boosts children’s mental health and academic performance at school.
Generally, children who do sports, develop stronger muscles and bones and better coordination. Sporty children also develop better social skills and mental well-being which comes with the enjoyment of playing and having fun with other children in a safe environment.
Nothing could boost a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence more than being selected for his/her school’s team.
Although some sports like football, the focus of coaches is mainly on teaching children how children should play together, swimming is different. Swimming is an individual sport and hence, you need to know the technique in order to do it competently and confidently.
In swimming, technique comes first and and how far and how fast individuals can swim is depending on their technique.
So, to become a good swimmer, plenty of learning and practice must take place to get the technique right.
Blue Wave Swim School is an award-winning swim school and we believe everyone can learn to swim with the right approach.
Swimming learnt in childhood, will last a lifetime.
So, our aim is to ensure that every child firstly develops a positive approach towards the water.
That is why we spend a great deal of time working on kids’ water confidence and basics like floatation and kicking from the word ‘get-go’.
In swimming technique is so so important
So, it is vital that children learn to swim with the right technique from the beginning. There are no shortcuts in learning the techniques properly and it is all about practice, practice, and more practice.
Our swim teachers and coaches always encourage our swimmers to perform any kind of exercise with good technique. Once they can swim with the expected technique.
Our swimming teachers always add elements of fun in the swimming lessons but, more importantly, they pay a great deal of attention to keep challenging swimmers with more advanced practices at every swimming lesson.
After achieving Stage 7 of ‘Swim England National Teaching Plan for Swimming’, our swimmers will be at the stage that we call them confident and competent swimmers.
After Swim England Stage 7, swimmers can keep swimming for fitness or leisure or can join a swimming club.
If there are any of our swimmers who have already developed a particular talent and interests in swimming and aquatic sports, and would like to progress further, we have the expertise and contacts to help. We can connect our swimmers after stage 7 with the local swimming clubs in south London.
Many of our swimmers joined their school’s swimming team and represented their schools in different competitions. Like Joseph (in above photo) who won many medals for his school in the year 2017.
Swimming is great!
It helps children to develop their communication skills specially getting better at following instructions.
Better communication skills boost confidence. So, for us, providing clear instructions in our lessons is the key to our success.
We also know by learning with other kids improves children’s social skills.
No wonder, we think our impact on our swimmers’ lives is far more than just teaching them to swim
At Blue Wave Swim School in south London, swimmers learn the technical aspects of swimming. Plus, they get the confidence and emotional preparation needed to become successful in the sport and life in general.
This article is written by Marjan Moosavi, founder of Blue Wave Swim School