Swimming and the child

Swimming is undoubtedly one of the most effective sports, physically, psychologically and mentally. It is a healthy activity promoting the development of a child. Indeed, in addition to providing an additional safeguard in case of risk, swimming is an extremely important sport in the psychomotor development of the individual. It involves all muscles of the body, stimulates the respiratory system, reduces the risk of scoliosis.

During childhood and adolescence, important biological and bodily changes occur. Swimming allows the respiratory system and the backbone to develop harmoniously. During swimming, all the muscles of the body are moving at one time or another.

For a child, going to the pool is beneficial for several reasons. Water promotes relaxation and therefore sleep and may be recommended for very active children who have trouble sleeping or who are anxious.

Swimming is helpful to the respiratory system, it increases the capacity to flexibly adapt to new elements. It contributes to an early development of a number of psychomotor activities. Swimming is also beneficial for personality development. It allows the child to become familiar with his or her body, to measure its capabilities and to excel.

Besides all the benefits that the practice of swimming or any water sport can bring, learning to swim reduces the risk of drowning.

A response to a need

In the canton of Vaud (western Switzerland) for example, 35% of children do not receive swimming lessons as part of their compulsory schooling (red areas on the map), and 25% only sporadically have access via public transport (yellow and orange areas).

These statistics are similar in all developed countries.