AQUATOTS’ MARINDA LINDE LISTS THE LEGION BENEFITS SWIMMING HAS ON YOUNG CHILDREN:
PHYSICALLY swimming is good for muscle development and posture, it helps develop the sense of proprioception and balance, is good for combating obesity, improves circulation, respiration and general fitness, it’s good for coordination and endurance and for building a range of motion and it’s an impact-free form of exercise so it’s gentle on the joints too.
swimming is good for spatial and full body awareness, sensory integration, and the development of all five senses, but specifically, it is a cross-patterning form of exercise (where the body’s two halves mirror each other’s actions), which promotes lots of nerve development in the corpus callosum in the brain, which makes for better communication across the two halves of the brain.
PSYCHOLOGICALLY swimming reduces anxiety in the pool, builds confidence, is an emotional outlet, releases stress, is motivating and renews energy.
DEVELOPMENTALLY swimming teaches motor learning sequencing in a three-dimensional environment (water), where you can do a range of developmentally appropriate activities in an environment of continuous learning.