The year was 1971 and new mom Lana Whitehead took her baby son Lance in the water at the YMCA to be her student in a solo swim lesson.
Bystanders watched in amazement!
There was baby Lance, bonding with his mom and learning interesting movements designed to make him safer from drowning..
Soon the YMCA managers were asking Lana if other moms and babies could join her in more formal class.
In a nutshell, that’s how SWIMkids USA started and fast-forward to today and baby Lance grew up to be smart! He does the accounting for his family business, which is the largest one location swim schools in AZ and one of the most highly respected swim schools in the USA.
A few years ago, because it is so highly regarded in the swim industry, researchers turned to SWIMkids USA as one of the global sites to provide data on a very cool project about swimming and the connection to how it makes kids smart.
Check the results out here: Griffith University Swim Study
It proves that children who were taught to swim by 5 years, had statistically higher IQs!
“Some of what you learn in the classroom is similar to what you learn in a pool,” said lead study author Robyn Jorgensen, Ph.D., a professor and senior fellow at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research.
“While we expected the children to show better physical development and perhaps be more confident through swimming, the results in literacy and numeracy really shocked us,” lead researcher Jorgensen said.
Called the Early Years Swimming research project, it included data with 45-swim schools across the globe, including SWIMkids USA in Mesa. Researchers surveyed the parents of more than 7,000 children age 5 and under and found that the age kids learned to swim correlated with when they began accomplishing certain skills.
5-Reasons to Swim All Year
- Jorgensen’s study found, the earlier the child started and the longer they remained in the swimming lessons, the greater the gains.
- Children taught to swim at an early age hit some physical and developmental milestones faster than those who learn later in life.
- In pre-school, early swimmers had better visual-motor skills (like cutting paper and drawing lines and shapes), but also fared better as they got older (i.e. understanding directions, math, and writing and reading skills).
- There’s a synergy between language and action with swimming that’s essential for many cognitive and motor skills as children grow older. Small children learn to hear language and make connections with their bodies (for example, counting to 10 while kicking during a swim class)
- It doesn’t take long to see the effects. When researchers observed swimming lessons, they found that the students’ eyes blinked in preparation for the ready cue — “one, two, three, go! ” — showing that young kids can understand language and react accordingly even if they can’t communicate everything clearly.
From swim lessons to swim teams, the professionals at SWIMkids USA know how to help your child experience learning success. Also, if you don’t visit us all-year-round, you are missing another way Lance rocks your child’s world.
No matter what the season, it is Lance who creates the ever-rotating and always beautiful welcome displays around the facility that reflects the business of the organization he helped create: SWIMkids USA -where children love to learn.