According to a recent Australian study, children who participate in swimming lessons at an early age reach significant developmental milestones earlier than their non-swimming peers. They score higher in tests and are generally better coordinated.

The research was conducted over the course of three years to validate or refute the popular belief in the aquatics industry that young, competent swimmers appear to be more confident, articulate and intellectual.

Now data is available to back up those claims.

In the first international study of its kind, researchers at Australia’s Griffith University surveyed the parents of nearly 7,000 learning swimmers under the age of 5 — including samples from the United States — to determine when their kids were reaching major physical, cognitive and emotional milestones.

That information was compared against common developmental indicators (counting, walking, talking, playing make-believe and the like) of non-swimming populations.

Knowing that parents have a tendency to exaggerate, researchers put nearly 200 children through a series of tests to validate the results.

The study yielded some surprising findings: Not only did child swimmers achieve physical feats faster, but they were more cognitively advanced. Test results found that these kids are months, even years, ahead intellectually. They’re able to read, write, count and use building blocks better than those without aquatics education.

-Mohammad

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MohammadWho is Mohammad?
Mohammad is an international swimming coach, and the founder and head coach of ProSwim school, one of the biggest swimming school in Lebanon; he is also the head coach of Najjah team, and of the swimming course at the Lebanese university. Mohammad is the sports coordinator at CiS school as well, and the owner of Ozone health and gym club in Beirut. He has 2 master degrees (MBA and M.A in Sports Management from the University of Balamand) and he is currently working on his PHD!