There are many benefits to teaching children with special needs how to swim. It can boost their confidence, encourage physical activity and teach them life-saving skills.

Increased Confidence

When children learn a new skill, they radiate confidence. Swimming lets children learn their limits and push them to discover their abilities. Getting into the pool for the first time can be difficult. Read our guide to a child’s first swimming lesson here!

Swim programs for children with special needs are designed similarly. They also teach social skills. During lesson time, special needs children can progress into new social environments and be a part of a supportive team.

Physical Activity

Did you know that swimming is a full-body workout? Children use all of their muscles when they splash and kick. In turn, children with disabilities increase their coordination, improve balance and develop motor skills. 

Swimming is a sport that gives children plenty of freedom. They can set and accomplish their personal goals because the pool is a big environment with few restrictions. Remember to supervise your children at all times though.

Life-Saving Skill

Swimming boosts confidence and increases physical activity. However, it is also a life-saving skill. Drowning is is a major concern for any parent. Luckily, teaching children how to swim is a great way to prevent it.

Children with special needs can greatly benefit from learning how to swim. Children with special needs are at a higher risk for drowning. Teaching them how to swim gives them spatial awareness and balance to avoid falling into the water.

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