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Swimming…A Life Skill That Opens Doors to Life Experiences!

April 19, 2018 / by Robert Canales

No other sport in the world opens doors to Life Experiences like swimming does.  How many Life Experience would you have missed out on had you not known how to swim? 

Had I Not Known How to Swim

Had I not known how to swim, would I have learned to surf?

Had I not known how to swim, would I have signed up for that first triathlon?

Had I not known how to swim, would I have gone on that incredible canoe trip with my family?

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Had I not known how to swim, would I have gone snorkeling and seen that amazing sea-life on our family vacation?

Had I not known how to swim, would I have gone fishing off the shore with my son and daughter?

Had I not known how to swim, would I have gone tubing with my family?

Had I not known how to swim, would I have been able to save the life of that child that got swept up by the ocean current?

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Many of us take the fact that we know how to swim for granted. How many life experiences would you have missed out on had you not known how to swim?  What life experiences have you been exposed to because you knew how to swim? 

The reasons children and adults should learn to swim are many and varied. The most important of course is safetySwimming is, arguably, the only sport that can save a life.

Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.

Here are some other reasons why children and adults should learn how to swim:

  • Swimming keeps your heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture.

  • Another great thing about swimming is that children and adults of any age or ability can take part in it and it is more accessible for individuals with additional needs than almost any other sport.

  • Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children and adults to become self-confident and believe in their abilities.

  • Swimming opens opportunities to make friends.

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Swimming has impacted my life for the positive in so many ways. Had I not known how to swim I would have missed out on many life experiences, family adventures, and milestones.  Had I not known how to swim I would not have been able to save that child that got caught in that strong current and was being swept out to sea.  It’s never too late to learn to swim – it’s never too late to put yourself in a position to create incredible life experiences and memories – it’s never too late to be able to save a life.

Watch 'SafeSplash Lessons from a Kid’s Perspective'

Robert Canales is owner of SafeSplash locations in San Antonio, Texas. Stop by and tell him your swimming story!

Tags: learn to swim, water safety, life skill, learning to swim, Growning up around the water, Lifesaving Skills

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