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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Your Kid: Smarter, Better Coordinated and Longer-Lived

Like many parents my calendar is awash in ink from scheduling activities and play dates for my children.  Why do we do it?  Because in a lot of areas just letting them out the front door is not the option it was for our parents. Because we want our kids to develop socially, emotionally and physically.  Because we hope our child will find the sport or activity that lets them shine and feel good about themselves.


As parents it’s easy to have our child’s activities dictated by peers, by scheduling, and by personal preference. But there is one activity that should be non-negotiable: swimming lessons.  Starting very young.  Before you roll your eyes, let me give you some cold, hard, academic facts.


1.  Swimming makes you smarter.  http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/does-swimming-make-you-smarter-20101102-17bgh.html 


2.  Teaching young children to swim actually makes them more physically coordinated as they mature.  (Citation: Sigmundsson, H. and B. Hopkins. 2010. Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities, Child: Care Health and Development. 36:3, 428-430. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009)


3.  Swimmers live longer.   http://www.active.com/swimming/Articles/Swimmers_live_longer__study_says.htm


Wet hair, driving to the pool, and the smell of chlorine just got a whole lot more appealing, didn’t it!

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Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 8, 2011 at 9:36pm
Naji,  I find the Australians are pretty much cutting edge with their understanding of the water - both the joy and the dangers.  Comes from something like 80%+ of the population living within 100 miles of the ocean I suppose.  They get it, we just need to get everyone else in the world to get it!
Comment by Naji on March 7, 2011 at 2:04pm
I couldn't agree more Rebecca. I would give anything if we had the attitude towards swimming as the Aussies do. When I went down this past Christmas to visit my girlfriend and her family every time I turned on the television it was saturated with ads about water safety and swim lessons. When is the last time you saw an ad on TV (or print for that matter) about swimming in the US? If we viewed swimming as a life-skill like eating and walking etc, I can guarantee that our attitude would be quite different. Again thank you for posting this!
Comment by Jayson Jackson on March 3, 2011 at 11:23am
Very cool to know about the additional benefits beyond "building the engine" at a young age. Thanks for sharing Rebecca.

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