We all have fond memories of splashing around in the water as a child. Whether it was in a pool, lake or at the beach, water activities are a part of childhood. Yet for some reason, parents are all too often surprised just how early kids become fond of water! Almost every kid loves playing around in ways that assembles an early adaption to water sport. Even the shiest, least confident little ones can quickly fall in love with being in the water, sparking a passion that can last a lifetime. Of course, watersports aren’t just great fun; they’re also important for child development and in many ways educational. At their core though, watersports are simply cool for everyone..
Why do kids love water sports?
Many children experience being totally put off sports at an early age due to the pressures of team competition. After all, team sports can be surprisingly difficult to join in on. Luckily, most watersports don’t work like that at all. Watersports like windsurfing, SUP, surfing and snorkeling have a strong focus on individual development. All of these sports are fundamentally about mastering your own body and your equipment. They are as competitive as you want them to be, but at heart they are about the individual experience. There’s no team to disappoint, no rivals to lose to, and no stress!
The sense of mastery and control, that kids experience when sailing fast on the water (from a kids point of view at least) releases lots of endorphins and serotonin. These are the human body’s natural drugs for keeping us mentally healthy, and that means HAPPY. Kids don’t know about these chemicals, they just call it “fun.” The body also releases chemical rewards for motivation, determination, and accomplishment. This means that while learning new skills and achieving new levels of performance, kids are being chemically rewarded and therefore having FUN! While children are having a blast playing on the water, they develop coordination and balance skills at their own pace. The freedom kids experience on water is essential for development of independence and confidence. The younger kids are when they get to grapple with water sports, the more fun it is to learn, since learning in that age happens in an intuitive manner through play.
Water sports simply bring something unique to the table that not many other on-land sports can!
Water sports are adventurous
Another cool thing about water sports is the sense of adventure. While most common sports take place on a set field or court, almost all watersports involve getting out into the wild. This sparks children’s natural urge to explore the world. Kids are curious by nature and want to learn new things and challenge themselves. They love exploring rivers and lakes of the wilderness by kayak or SUP, and catching a glimpse of the alien undersea world by snorkeling. Sailing gives kids the opportunity to adventure even further. Here they get to grapple with natural forces like wind, water and weather sparking the adventurous spirit within. Water adventures simply gives young minds the opportunity to engage with nature in an active and healthy way.
Water sports are educational
So.. It’s pretty obvious that watersports are funned cool, but actually they also have an important educational value. Children can learn about environmental conservation at school, but can textbooks really compare to the real world?
By engaging in watersport in an early age, kids learn to understand our collective need to preserve the natural world, simply by discovering the value of the great outdoors. When children love the beach, they begin to understand why littering is so terrible. When their favorite sport depends on waterways, they understand why our rivers, lakes and oceans need to be kept clean.
With time watersports can also be a great way to stimulate a child’s interest in ecosystems and other aspects of the natural world. An integral part of surfing is to understand movements of the ocean. Paddle boarders quickly realize the importance of reading the weather and sailors need to learn basics about how the wind and atmospheric pressure work. The great outdoors is a better teacher than any textbook, and kids always learn well through their own life experiences. In this sense, watersports trigger many different learning aspects, and there is really no reason not to get out there!🐬 🦈
Before you do though - keep in mind that safety must always be the number one priority.
Along with being fun and educational, watersports do have a serious prerequisite. It’s important for parents to keep their little one safe in the water. Either by making sure they wear a flotation vest like the WhipperVest or that they are taught to swim as soon as they are ready. Anyone who engages in watersport has to learn to respect the water and should have the skills or safety devices necessary. Either way, the key is to imbue children with not only passion and love for watersports, but also a sense of responsibility and care.
Anyway, the point is that kids and watersports go together like … well, kids and waterspouts!🦈 🐳 Most kids just can’t get enough of the water, especially those who don’t necessarily go nuts over your average school sports like soccer. Why? Put simply, it’s because watersports offer adventure, fun and the chance to develop skills without stress or pressure. Throw in the fact that watersports can provide kids with important knowledge that will stick with them throughout their lives, and it’s a no brainer that all kids should be encouraged to give watersports a try. Odds are, they’ll love it!
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