Swimming & Technique

Safe, Confident & Happy: Why Swimming Lessons in Winter are Important

Winter has officially arrived in New Zealand.

Frosty mornings and a drop in temperature can often tempt families to put swimming lessons on hold, but the cold shouldn’t be a reason to break from swimming.

While juggling winter sports and seasonal sniffles can be difficult, swimming during winter can provide a number of benefits for you and your child.

Swimming is a complex motor movement, which means learning new skills relies on consistency and time in the water.

Now is the time to conquer the cold and keep swimming through winter! Keep reading to find out exactly why winter swimming lessons are so valuable.

The benefits of winter swimming lessons:

  1. Skill acquisition and improved fitness
  2. Safety
  3. Avoid regression
  4. Confidence is maintained and improved


  1. Skill acquisition and improved fitness

Swimming is a complex motor movement that requires coordination of the entire body. For young swimmers especially, regular lessons are vital to learning and mastering a range of new movements. Even a few weeks of missed lessons can cause some regression for the little ones.

Swimming during the winter will help to imbed great swimming technique, skills and fitness.

  1. Safety

When winter turns to spring and the weather warms up, kids will often return with passion to the water. Whether it’s the family pool, beach, river or lake, knowing your child can swim and survive is important.

This makes winter swimming extremely important, as it ensures children are competent before they let loose for another epic water-fuelled summer!

  1. Avoid regression

Have you ever experienced the feeling of returning to gym or exercise after a prolonged break? It’s often a little awkward, difficult and can sometimes bruise the ego.

The same feelings apply to swimming lessons and fitness.

Swimming lessons in winter safe-guard against regression and help children progress their skill.

  1. Confidence is maintained and improved

As mentioned in the previous point, regression resulting from a break in lessons can cause skill levels to drop. When skill levels drop, confidence can often follow.

If taking a break from lessons is unavoidable, remember to encourage your child and praise their effort, rather than performance.

They will regain their competencies, it may just take some time.

Check out these tips for winter swimming lessons:

  • Be prepared: Make sure you have a dry towel and warm clothes.
  • Spend time drying: After your lesson, dry hair as much as possible or wrap up in a towel when leaving.
  • Warm up from the inside out: A hot chocolate or soup are great options for warming tummies after a lesson.
  • Cuddles: Good for the body and soul!

Don’t let the frost or sniffles keep you out of the pool this winter, swimming during these colder months is fantastic for confidence, for acquiring skill and safeguarding for summer!



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