The World Health Organization recommends that children and teenagers, ranging from 5 to 17 years of age, should practice at least some physical exercise for about 60 minutes. This type of exercise must strengthen muscles and bones. For this reason, we turn to swimming, one of the most complete sports for both adults and children.
‘Water is the best physical space for the development of physical, neurologic and psychological aptitudes’, as explained in an article of the Fundación España del Corazón.
Specialists recommend the learning of this sport for a number of reasons, as explained by BITPADRES.COM. Among the benefits, we can find the following:
- It improves psychomotor skills. When swimming, you have to move your arms and legs in a coordinated way.
- Space perception. People have to use the respective lanes of the pool when swimming, which helps them to improve their spatial perception as well as their balance.
- Their intellectual coefficiency improves. Babies who learn to swim within the first three years of their lives, have a better perception of the world. This in turn stimulates their brains, and helps them to be more creative and observant in the future.
- Better health. Among the many benefits of this sport, we find that it improves the cardiorespiratory system and strengthens the lungs and heart.
- Strengthens the muscles. This sport exercises a group of muscles that strengthen themselves, helping to avoid injuries.
- It helps people feel more secure. When children come into contact with water, from an early age, it helps them to feel safer in this environment. It is a good way to improve self-esteem and self-trust.
- Autonomy and independence. Children learn to move by themselves in an unknown environment.
- Relaxation. It’s the perfect exercise to combat stress and nervousness, as it brings about a feeling of peace and relaxation like no other sport does.
- It improves the digestion. Physical education in the water stimulates the appetite, so it is ideal for people of all ages.
- They learn to socialize. Swimming classes always take place in groups, so children learn to be with other kids and to work in teams, depending on the exercise.
Madrid swimming courses
In these courses, children learn first to familiarize themselves with water, to float and breathe. Once they are confidence enough, they start to learn different swimming styles, such as the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, etc. Little by little, they can practice diving or even water polo. Skipping one of these phases, whether in adult or youth classes, can prevent them from swimming in a natural way.
Swimming is another subject within the regular Casvi timetable, and, in fact, we were the pioneers of implementing this discipline into the kindergarterners’ schedule.
Extracurricular swimming classes are also offered as part of our Swimming Club. It is designed for students ranging from 5 to 16 years of age. This club helps them improve their swimming style and offers them the chance to enter the world of competition.
Besides our Swimming Club, there are other clubs such as the Real Canoe, the Club Natación Moscardó, the Safa Madrid Natación or the recently inaugurated Madrid Natación Club. All of them fall under the Federación Madrileña de Natación. They also offer the possibility of choosing adult or youth classes.