Children under five who have swimming lessons are found to develop better language, literacy and numeracy skills and are likely to be more prepared for school, according to a Griffith University study.
Unsurprisingly, it found children who had early swimming lessons performed better in tests of some physical skills, although not ball-handling.
However, the lead author, Professor Robyn Jorgensen, said what was surprising and of interest to parents, educators and policy makers, was that these children also scored significantly better in literacy, numeracy, mathematical reasoning, visual motor skills (cutting paper, drawing lines, colouring in) and oral expression.
”It does appear that children who participate in swimming are achieving a range of milestones earlier than normal populations,” Professor Jorgensen said. More…