Competitive Swimming Offers Children Benefits Beyond Aquatic Prowess

Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As the new school year begins and children start looking for programs and classes to fill their extracurricular time, the Aquatics Department at the JCC recommends enrolling your child in their swim team program.

According to USSwimming.org, competitive swimming has many benefits and is an outstanding activity for people of all ages. It promotes fitness and teaches children to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.

Swimming can be a team or an individual sport. In either setting, it teaches sportsmanship which includes learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates, and coaches.

Aquatic exercise is a healthy “lifetime” activity and compared to other youth sports,  is fairly injury free. It still involves technical and specialized skills that are developed in a safe environment.

Probably one of the most important things that this sport teaches is drowning prevention. Drowning is a leading killer of American children. No matter what your future holds in competitive swimming, this is a skill that is important to know for anyone’s general safety.

At the JCC, there is a great swim team that offers all of this and more. Children will learn just the right blend of stroke training, endurance training, and competition, guided by an experienced and certified coach. The JSeals Junior and Senior swim team season starts November 13th, so make sure to set your child on the right path to developing a healthy lifestyle. Who knows, they may become the next Ledecky or Phelps. It all starts at the J!

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