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Why Swimming Is Our Summer Activity of Choice

Thanks to Swim Today for sponsoring this post and providing information, all opinions are 100% my own.

Swimming is fun – pure and simple. Some of my favorite memories from when I was a kid were heading to the lake to go swimming with all my cousins and just splashing around all day long.

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Swimming out to the floating dock, climbing up and then diving back under, seeing who could swim back to shore the fastest or do a handstand in the water… Yes, we were like fish back then and you would be hard-pressed to get us out of the water save for a quick bite to eat or the sun setting at the end of the day. Swimming was just a way of life!

Now that I have kids of my own, I want them to enjoy a love of swimming too! When my son was just six months old, I started him in a local parent/child swim group. He took to the water so well and now you will often find him in the pool on a hot summer day (floaties no longer needed).


His two younger sisters have also developed an interest in swimming from early on, and although they were a little more timid, introducing them to water early has made it easy to help them take any fear out of it and just keep it fun!


While my kids have access to a pool whenever they would like to swim, I know that not everyone has that option. And you may think you don’t have a pool nearby, but I actually found out that tons of communities have a local pool! In fact, nearly 62% of families live within 10 minutes of a pool, according to a Swim Today report.

If you are interested in getting your child into lessons, or even thinking about competitive swimming, head over to Swim Today and enter your zip code to learn more about finding a team close to you. I talked to my son last night about possibly joining a swim team and he was really excited at the idea. We are going to start looking into teams today!


Benefits of Learning to Swim or Joining a Club

There are so many benefits of swimming; it would be hard to list them all. But a few that really resonate with me and I feel are amazing benefits to any kid are:

  • 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% 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 other 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.


Find out more about the fun of swimming in your local community today and join the #FunnestSport!

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35 Responses to Why Swimming Is Our Summer Activity of Choice

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 6, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Swimming is one of our favorite things to do in the summertime. It’s a great way to get some physical activity, and there’s nothing more fun than splashing and wrestling in the water.
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  2. Scarlet July 6, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Swimming is a great activity that anyone can enjoy. Getting kids started and interested in swimming early is definitely beneficial!
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  3. Christy Maurer July 6, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I love being in the water! I wish I lived where I could have a pool. My yard is way too small. Swimming lessons can be really great for kids who have a bit of fear of the water. I think everyone should know how to swim!
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  4. Jeanette July 6, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I was thinking about putting my kiddo on a swim team. He LOVES the water and pretty much a fish in the water. We use water as our entertainment all summer long (which here is until November 😉 )
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  5. Megan Elford July 6, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Swimming is a great sport! One of my roommates in university was a competitive swimmer. She initially started swimming because “you don’t sweat while you’re doing it”, lol! That’s a great reason, right there!
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  6. Sandy KS July 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    If my family had a pool or a pond. We would be swimming all summer long. Being stuck in town where the local pool has been shut down for flooding. My family has not had a chance to swim.
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  7. Alli July 6, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    We’ve always loved to swim in the summer. My kids all learned to swim when they were toddlers. My grandkids did, too. It’s such a fun, family activity.
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  8. Liz Mays July 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    I love the idea of getting the kids more involved in swimming. Swim Today sounds like a great way to get started!
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  9. Nina Say July 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    As a mom swimming is my favorite activity, too. Nothing else makes me kids drop dead tired haha.
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  10. Maria July 7, 2015 at 12:13 am #

    We love swimming in the hot summer and savoring every bit of school vacation as possible. It’s also very good to maintain those swimming skills for safety reasons. You never know when those skills could help save a life.
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  11. Ourfamilyworld July 7, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    My kids love to swim, too. This is our favorite activity to do during the summer.
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  12. Mistee Dawn July 7, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Swimming is definitely our summer activity of choice, too! I can never get my daughter out of the pool!
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  13. Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 7, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    Me an the kids love to swim. I spend many a days during the summer months at a local pool. Generally, I relax in the sun while the kids swim, but sometimes I join in the fun too!

  14. Alyssa C July 7, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    We love spending time at the pool, we actually go at least 3x’s a week. My daughter is finally swimming without floaties this year, it’s accomplishments like that, that make me LOVE summer.
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  15. Lynndee July 7, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    We are planning to go swimming soon and the little one is so excited. Swimming is definitely one of the best things to do in the summertime to beat the heat.
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  16. Uplifting Families July 7, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    I loved swimming as a child. I would live in the water back then. I always had an awesome tan too. My youngest enjoys swimming too. We don’t go very often though.
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  17. Michellette "MimiCuteLips" Green July 7, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    I didn’t learn to swim until I was 31, even now I don’t consider myself a real swimmer. I put my son in lessons when he was 5. I needed him to learn so that he could save himself. I couldn’t save him. My 3 year old is just about ready for swim lessons as well, I need her to be able to swim because I can’t save her.

  18. Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies July 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Would you believe it if I told you I never learned to swim?! Bless my mother’s heart but she was too scared of the water to let me swim or learn how to! In the next couple years I definitely plan on getting my son swimming lessons and even some lessons for myself too!
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  19. Chrystal | YUM eating July 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    I’ve never had swim lessons and neither has kiddo. I grew up around water. Now we live in MI, surrounded by water so swimming is a must. We all have pools so kiddo just picked it up pretty early on. We swim all the time.
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  20. Shaney Vijendranath July 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    I so need to take my daughter for swimming classes. She loves the water! I need to learn myself but I have this phobia of water… 🙁 Really want to get over it.
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  21. Jamela Porter July 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    My kids love to swim. We have a local water park that they go to all the time with my sister.
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  22. Chubskulit Rose July 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Mykids love swimming. They don’t have a proper training yet but we are looking forward to it soon.
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  23. Jeanine July 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    We love swimming. Especially my kids. We don’t have a pool anymore but when we did it was hard to get anyone out!
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  24. Rebecca Swenor July 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    These are great reasons for swimming to be an awesome summer activity for children. It is a very good life skill to learn at a young age indeed and it may save their life some day. Swimming is a great workout for everyone I believe. Thanks for sharing.

  25. CourtneyLynne July 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Summer is our summer activity as well! Actually we just got out of the pool lol… Best thing to do when it’s hot out!

  26. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition July 7, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    My girls used to be on a local swim team. Even if they weren’t competing, it was good for them to stay active.
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  27. Jessica Simms July 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    I wish I could get my kids to the pool more often, it’s such a good thing to keep your kids involved in.
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  28. HilLesha July 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    How fun and exciting! It has been ages since my family and I have been swimming. That shall change soon!
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  29. Krystal July 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    We have a pool so this is our activity of choice too. It’s just easy to hop in the pool and kick back and relax!
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  30. ricci July 7, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    I LOVE swimming during the summer. In fact, I plan on going tomorrow!! Your pics are awesome!!
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  31. desirae young July 8, 2015 at 12:09 am #

    Thats all we have done this summer! My parents live on the lake and that is where we have been pretty much all summer. Its honestly so nice and relaxing.
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  32. Erin July 8, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    We love swimming here! But its been too long since we’ve went. it costs over $100 for us to go to a local pool once so we’ve been enjoying sprinklers and whatnot in our backyard 🙂
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  33. Carin Kilby Clark July 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Swimming is definitely the favorite summer activity in my family. It helps that we live right across from our neighborhood pool.
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  34. Joanne T Ferguson July 10, 2015 at 4:50 am #

    Swimming is such a fun summer activity! I have very fond memories of swimming related events when I was little! I think it is important to teach children how to swim as soon as they are old enough to learn! I prefer swimming in a pool where I can see and feel the bottom!

  35. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 14, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    There is no other substitute for swimming as a fun Summer activity! Both kids and adult love it.
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