The Benefits of Year-Round Swimming

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Here at Salem Gymnastics & Swim, we are excited to introduce year-round swimming to children in the Triad. Our program is year-round because becoming a great swimmer doesn’t happen only in the summertime or during a 6-week session.

Children need to spend steady, consistent time in the water during their developmental years to become comfortable and competent swimmers. Our swim school is designed to be a place where kids can do more than learn the basics of moving in the water- it’s also a place where they learn the swimming techniques needed to perhaps become a future Kathleen Baker or Michael Phelps.

Here are just some of the benefits of being a year-round swimmer:


Children who swim demonstrate more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children, according to groundbreaking research led by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research.

“While we expected the children to show better physical development and perhaps be more confident through swimming, the results in literacy and numeracy really shocked us,” lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen said.

The children, aged 3-5, were anywhere from 6 to 15 months ahead of the normal population when it came to cognitive skills, problem-solving in mathematics, counting, language and following instructions. Any teacher will tell you that’s no small feat!

One of the many ways Salem Swim accomplishes this is by teaching a fun & engaging curriculum that challenges children at every level to think, learn and grow.


Well, maybe not immediately, but one of the key reasons we believe year-round swimming sets itself apart is because swimmers learn to do more than just be safe in the water. Our year-round curriculum also teaches swimmers the foundational swim techniques that every nationally ranked swimmer learns.

With six levels of developmental swimming, children are individually evaluated and placed in the level that best suits their skill set and comfort level. Swimmers progress at the pace that suits their level of development and interest, which is perfect for both beginners and swim team athletes who want to improve during the off season.


Really, really fun. Extracurricular activities are meant to develop your child outside of the classroom but we understand children won’t give their best if they are not having fun. Our instructors include a minimum of two games or activities per lesson designed to make your children stronger, safer swimmers, many of whom make lasting
friendships along the way.


Salem Swim is a No-Shiver Facility! One of the first things we made sure of when designing our pools was to keep both the water and air at a temperature children were actually comfortable swimming (not shivering) in. Temperatures are adjusted to suit Parent/tots, as well as toddler & school age swimmers so they can move
comfortably. In addition, our sanitation systems far exceed the Health Department’s requirements, insuring our children swim in clean, clear water.

If you think year-round swimming is an activity your child could thrive in, give us a call to schedule your child’s free swimming evaluation. If you have any questions about year-round swimming or Salem Swim, leave a comment below or give us a call at (336) 765-4668.


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