Researchers at Griffith University found that swim lessons actually teach a whole lot more than bubble blowing and back floats. In fact, their study showed that kids who took swim lessons before the age of 5, were 6 to 20 months ahead of their peers…in a ton of different areas.
The study looked at 7,000 kids who took swimming lessons in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Turns out, those swim class kids had a substantial competitive edge across all developmental areas:
- Intellectually, they were 6 months ahead of their peers in counting and mathematics reasoning.
- Physically, they were 7 months ahead in motor development.
- Socially, they were 15 months ahead in socio and emotional development.