As a blogger I attend many events. I was super excited to attend this one! I was invited to a Mom Trends event to learn more about SwimToday. SwimToday ambassador Dara Torres who is a five-time Olympic swimmer-turned-swim-mom was going to be there as well! I’ve been meaning to put Gabriella into swimming lessons so this event was perfect to learn all about what SwimToday has to offer!
Did You Know?
- USA Swimming’s research shows that almost 80% of parents, who have put their child through swim lessons, don’t consider swimming when thinking about sports for their child.
- Parents whose children had never tried swimming perceived it to be less fun than other sports, contrasting greatly with parents of swimmers who rated the sport at the top in fun, teamwork, confidence-building and health and fitness.
- Many parents aren’t considering swimming because of common misconceptions including:
o Difficulty of finding an instructor/no one to teach them how to swim: USA Swimming has online resources to help parents easily find instructors and swim clubs in their area. Parents can go to www.swimtoday.org, type in their zip codes and quickly find an instructor or local swim club.
o My Friends Don’t Swim: Parents report finding someone to swim with was very easy. They ranked swimming very high as a social activity. Swimming was considered a great tool in developing teamwork. Kids considered activity to be fun and a great way to make friends.
- The SwimToday initiative focuses on the benefits of swimming: fun, fitness, friendships, self-confidence, teamwork, goal-setting, time management, lifelong participation, swimming’s many health benefits and low rate of injury.
I can’t until Gabriella starts her swim lessons! The swim moms I met at the event and Dara Torres really inspired me. Dara Torres was so friendly and hilarious! I loved seeing how devoted the moms were to their children’s swimming. Gabriella loves the water and loves being in a pool, but I want her to perfect her swimming. She’s excited to start her lessons. I learned how to swim as a young teenager, I would much rather prefer Gabby to learn now while she is still little versus waiting like I did. I think Gabby would love being a part of the #FunnestSport!
Top 10 Benefits of Swimming
- It’s closer than you think – 62 percent of families live within 10 minutes of a pool.
- Everyone participates – Swimming is inclusive, there are no benchwarmers (nor benches).
- Swimming is a team sport – Only 16 percent of non-swimming parents view swimming as a team sport, but parents of swimmers associate the sport with teamwork more than any other sport
- Suit up and go – Only a swimsuit, cap and goggles are necessary to get started
- Life skills – Swimming increases self-confidence, self-esteem, time management, goal-setting and social development
- Easy to learn – 76 percent of parents said the ease of learning to swim was high
- Low risk of injury – No contact makes for a safer environment
- Swimming = total body fitness – Burn 650 calories in an hour – more than walking, biking or team sports
- Sport for life – Once you learn to swim, you can enjoy no matter your age
- Swimming is FUN – Parents confirm that swimming is the #FunnestSport .* [2014 State of the Competitive & Fitness Swimming Industry Report by Sports Marketing Surveys]
Do your kids know how to swim?
Are you interested in swim lessons or having your kids join a swim team?
Let me know in the comments!
*Thanks MomTrends for the event invite & for providing the pictures in the post!*
(Except for the last pic, that’s Gabby & her friend Lexi having fun at the pool!)