Spring is right around the corner, and it won’t be long before we turn our thoughts to summer weather — and pool time!
If your child does not yet know how to swim or took a break from swimming over the winter, now is the best time to start preparing for swim season. Swimming pool alarms and gates are a great way to keep kids safe in the backyard. But the most valuable tool you can give a young child is water survival skills. That’s why it’s important to enroll your children in a swim lesson program that focuses on survival skills.
The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton not only teaches survival-based swimming, it’s also a comprehensive swimming education and stroke development program. The curriculum is structured and gradually builds upon each skill. Even though each swimmer learns all four swimming strokes, the water safety component plays a prominent role with safety and survival-based skill development.
Typically, children progress rapidly during their first few months of swim lessons as they become more comfortable in the water. Repetition is the key to learning any new skill — especially swimming. Continued enrollment in swim lessons throughout the year allows children to build upon what they learn during the summer and continue progressing during indoor swimming months. Consistency allows children to retain their skills on a more permanent basis and develop muscle memory.
The longer a child is away from swimming, or the longer the gaps between time spent in the water, the longer it takes a child to develop swimming and safety proficiency. If swimming and survival skills have been taught consistently, chances are that a child will respond appropriately if a situation arises. It could be a life saver!
To learn more about the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the JCC, contact aquatics director Korrinn Lubarsky at [email protected]. The program is open to the entire community.