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“95% of people polled believe it is important for children to learn how to swim at an early age” 

Posted on February 20, 2019

The Carol Stream Park District’s Swim Academy has a variety of swim lessons for all ages, starting at 6 months old through teens and adults. Swimmers are evaluated for swim level placement. Customize a lesson to suit your schedule or get one-on-one private lessons. Excel to the award-winning Dolphins Swim Team! Fountain View Recreation Center indoor pool is open year-round.

The Carol Stream Park District, along with park districts nationwide, refer to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for industry articles, information, research and more. We would like to share this article and research from the NRPA.

Park Pulse – The Importance of Learning to Swim at a Young Age

2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

Each month, through a poll of Americans that is focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted. In this month’s poll we asked the public, how important is it for children to learn how to swim at an early age.

More than 9 in 10 Americans (95 percent) believe it is important for children to learn how to swim at an early age. 

In fact, people of all ages agree it’s important for young children to learn how to swim:

  • 97 % of Baby Boomers
  • 95% of Gen Xers
  • 93% of Millennials

Parks and recreation is a leading provider of low-cost swimming lessons. Nearly 70 percent of agencies nationwide provide aquatics programming, including learn-to-swim lessons and water safety programs for children and adults.

Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between ages 1–4. Swimming is a vital life-saving skill that every child should learn.

The National Recreation and Park Association survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,003 U.S. adults ages 18+, December 10-14, 2018, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.

View Key Findings from Survey


Here’s another great article that talks about teaching kids to swim as soon as they can walk:

An Olympic gold medalist explains why teaching kids to swim is just as important as teaching them to walk

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