More than a lesson – kids and parents reap the rewards of winter swimming

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While winter might be the time most people rug up and stay indoors, Kingswim is encouraging parents to keep up the family activities during the cool months, especially swimming lessons.

Kingswim Area Manager Anne Brown says while other sports and activities may be limited in the cold weather, swimming is the perfect way for kids to remain active and parents to keep up bonding time.

“Taking part in lessons with kids is the perfect opportunity for bonding and quality time for both parents, however we see dads in particular jump at the chance to have that crucial skin to skin contact with bub that mum may already be getting at home,” Anne says.

Kingswim ambassador Adam Dovile says spending quality time with his girls and being a hands-on dad is what’s most important to him and that swimming provides the perfect opportunity for bonding.

“As a family we typically spend a lot of time outside and time with the kids is largely outdoor activities like gardening and building, which can get pretty restricted in this weather,” Adam says.

“I’ve found the girls’ swimming lessons are the perfect chance to keep up our time together. Particularly at this young age, being able to get in the water and take part with them is a lot of fun.”

In addition to the bonding benefits for parents, children who keep up swimming lessons during winter not only improve their ability and safety around water, but also improve their immune system, therefore becoming more resilient to stress and illness.

Swimming has also been proven to assist in brain development and for school-aged children, is regarded as vital for the development of academic performance, as well as coordination, motor skills, balance and concentration

 

 

 

 

Adam’s ‘dad-hacks’ for battling the winter chill

  • Rug up and be prepared – bring the kids already in their bathers, rugged up in a dressing gown and after an evening lesson, put them straight in their PJs.
  • Sort out the locks – swimming is easier with swim caps to keep hair dry and tangle free.
  • Keep Mum and Dad happy – always bring a full thermos of hot coffee!

To help cure cabin fever and keep families active this winter, Kingswim is offering 50% off kids’ second weekly lesson.

 

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