SwimToday Ambassador Dara Torres Talks About the Benefits of Swim Teams
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of SwimToday. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in anyway.
I have spent my entire life knowing how to swim. Swimming was one of the first things my children learned how to do. The thought of not being comfortable in the water is completely foreign to me! When my son graduated from occupational therapy, his therapist recommend he join a swimming team. We had done swimming lessons since he was 18 months old and it just seemed like we had exhausted what the lessons were teaching. My son was ready to join a team.
Did you know that youth sports participation is currently down 4.5% since 2008 in children ages 6-12, but swimming memberships has increased by 37% in the same age group during that time.
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“Being a part of a swim team is one of the most fun and most rewarding experiences a child can have. I’ve benefited from the sport’s values in every aspect of my life and that’s why my nine-year old daughter is a swimmer,” said Torres. “It’s also why I’m so passionate to share with other parents and invite them to understand what the sport has to offer. Once they know, more parents will have swimming at the top of their lists.”
On May 27th, a handful of my blogger friends attended an event hosted by MomTrends with Dara Torres. Dara shared her experiences as a swimmer and as a swim mom and addressed many of the common misconceptions of the sport. You can find a recap of that great event via Raising Three Savvy Ladies .
During the event, Dara shared her views of the sport’s top 10 benefits:
- It’s closer than you think – 62 percent of families live within 10 minutes of a pool; 52 percent of households with combined income of $50,000 or less report they have access to a pool nearby
- Everyone participates – Swimming is inclusive, there are no benchwarmers (nor benches)
- Swimming is a team sport – Only 16 percent of non-swimming parents view swimming as a team sport but parents of swimmers associate the sport with teamwork more than any other sport
- Suit up and go – Only a swimsuit, cap and goggles are necessary to get started
- Life skills – Swimming increases self-confidence, self-esteem, time management, goal-setting and social development
- Easy to learn – 76 percent of parents said the ease of learning to swim was high
- Low risk of injury – No contact makes for a safer environment
- Swimming = total body fitness– Burn 650 calories in an hour – more than walking, biking or team sports
- Sport for life – Once you learn to swim, you can enjoy no matter your age
- Swimming is FUN – Parents confirm that swimming is the #FunnestSport