If you are like me and learned how to swim as a child, the importance of swimming skills may not be so obvious as you take them for granted. The systematic instruction that children nowadays receive is a great improvement compared to what was done only fifty years ago.
My father learned to swim by himself as a teenager using a tire's inner tube in a pond. My mother only took lessons and learned learned how to swim when she was in her thirties. And I don't think my grandparents ever learned to swim.
However, not being able to swim in today's society can be mildly annoying at best and life threatening at worst. Let's review why.
The importance of swimming lessons for water safety can't be overstated. Everyone and especially children should be able to swim. Sadly, this is not the case and every day 9 people die by drowning in the U.S. That's also why you should never let a child play in the proximity of a pool or a pond unsupervised.
On a lighter side, swimming has a lot of benefits in itself:
There are other cases where it is important to know how to swim:
Now that I have tried to convince you about the importance of swimming lessons, why not start to learn how to swim?
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