Who should learn to swim?

29 Sep

“We don’t have a pool”  “We’re so busy with soccer/football/gymnastics”  “It’s such a pain with the wet suits and wet hair”  “It’s too expensive to join a pool or take lessons”  “We’re just not a swimming family”

What is your excuse not to have your kids in swimming lessons?  Learning to swim isn’t just for fun, it’s a life skill that can keep your child alive.  You don’t have to have a pool – water covers 70% of the earth’s surface and your child will be around water every day of their life.

Too busy with other sports?  Swimming is one of the best all-around exercises there is – Google Aaron Peirsol or Cullen Jones if you want to see the results.

Worried about the hair/makeup/mess?  I swear by Phyto 9 leave-in conditioner, and get your child’s hair wet before they go in the pool, absorbs less chlorine.  Hard to believe, but my hair looks better when I swim.

Too expensive.  I understand, but contact your local Y, Boys and Girls Club, Swim for Life and find out about assistance.  Anytime you purchase a copy of ‘Jabari of the Water‘ (at Amazon or on our web-site, www.jabariofthewater.com) we donate 10% of revenue to programs that fund swimming lessons for at-risk kids, maybe your child will benefit.

Just not a swimming family?  But I know you are a family that wants to keep your kids safe, healthy and alive – time to re-think how you define yourselves.

moved

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2 Responses to “Who should learn to swim?”

  1. Catherine Foss October 9, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    I agree 100%. My kids were in the water before they could walk. Consequently they are not afraid of the water and both are excellent swimmers. Swimming is an essential skill and could save your life.

    • rebeccasavekids October 11, 2010 at 10:50 am #

      Great way to teach your kids Catherine! The earlier children are positively exposed to the water, the more comfortable, and the safer they are for their whole lives!

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