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.

Two girls jumping into a lake

Being able to jump into cool water on a hot summer day is great!

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.

Swimming and Water Safety

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.

The Benefits of Swimming

On a lighter side, swimming has a lot of benefits in itself:

  • The health
    benefits of swimming
    are numerous. It trains the
    cardiovascular system, is a
    low-impact exercise and a great whole body workout.
  • There are also several psychological benefits of
    A swim session at the pool relaxes the mind, uplifts the spirit and is
    also often an occasion for social contacts.
  • Besides this, swimming is also a recreational activity to
    have with
    friends and when it’s hot outside.
  • Being able to swim opens up a lot of recreational
    possibilities that wouldn’t be safe to practice otherwise:
    kayaking, boat fishing, …

Other Uses of Swimming Skills

There are other cases where it is important to know how to swim:

  • In primitive cultures it allows people to cross bodies of water.
  • It is a prerequisite for several jobs: life guards, fishermen, professional divers, …
  • It is a prerequisite if you want to follow the footsteps of the likes of Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe, or Jenny
    Thompson. But you knew this already, didn’t you? 🙂


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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