Why Children Need Consistent Swimming Practice
Swimming lessons are usually conducted once a week. However, some children are not able to come for class due to other commitments. This results in limited progress in learning, and sometimes regression.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of many best-sellers such as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, mentioned that in order to become an expert in anything, one needs to put in an average of 10,000 hours of practice. That would mean attending weekly swimming lessons is just the bare minimum requirement!
Many experiments were conducted throughout the years on how practice does allow one to achieve mastery in something. Ben Larcombe, a table tennis coach, conducted an experiment. He hypothesized that one could achieve mastery in the sport by practice, not innate talent. He then put his childhood friend who had what seemed like no sign of sporting talent through private coaching for over 500 hours. As a result, his friend made huge progress, though insufficient to be a top-notched table tennis player.
Once a child experiences how practice can improve their swimming ability, it is a tremendous breakthrough in their confidence. Many MoovSwim’s students have experienced this – the slightest bit of success in swimming can do a lot to motivate a child. This Ted-Ed video also illustrates, in the most scientific manner, how practising effectively can create progress:
Be sure to let your child attend swimming lessons regularly, and the practice put in will yield great progress!