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Why Is It Important to Know How to Swim?

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author image Tom Stewart
Tom Stewart started writing radio news, sports and entertainment scripts for live broadcast in 1992 and has worked as a producer, writer and on-air personality at several radio stations in Southern New England, including WPRO, WQSX and WKCD. He has extensive knowledge of news, sports and entertainment. Stewart studied mass communications and marketing at Rhode Island College.
Why Is It Important to Know How to Swim?
You should learn how to swim for safety reasons. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Many animals are born with the ability to swim, but humans must learn practice before being able to swim with ease. Some people never learn how to swim, which often causes them to fear water. Learning to swim is important for several reasons, and mastering this skill at a young age can benefit you throughout your life.

Personal Safety

An obvious reason for learning how to swim is to acquire the ability to survive in water. At one time or another, you are bound to find yourself in or near water, whether you're on a cruise, boating trip, fishing or lounging by a pool with friends. If the water is deeper than your height, and you find yourself in it, knowing how to swim could save your life.

Rescuing Others

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,400 people drown in the United States every year. If you know how to swim, you might have a chance of saving someone close to you. Having the ability to swim is especially important if you are a parent or someone who works around children, as drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children less than 14 years old.

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Health

Most doctors agree that swimming is a healthy form of exercise. It requires you to use many of the muscles in your body, is for building strength and endurance and is beneficial for your metabolism and cardiovascular system. The water provides a natural resistance when you are swimming, while also making the activity less strenuous on your body. Water, in most cases, also provides a natural cooling element for the body.

Pleasure

The pleasure of being able to spend time in the water is very important. A swim in the pool or in the ocean on a hot summer day can help you feel relaxed and physically fit. The water is a suitable way to be social with friends through activities such as surfing, water skiing or jet skiing. These exciting activities are difficult to enjoy without the knowledge of swimming.

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