Being engaged in sports activities is good for everyone – and it applies at every age, and every stage of life. But swimming is actually much more than a sport – it helps develop physical strength, it enhances physical fitness, and it’s always an enjoyable recreational activity. For those concerned with weight management, swimming can be an ideal workout, with the added benefit of reducing the potential for obesity.
For youth, swimming is one of the few “all-over” workouts – it engages all the main muscle groups, it contributes to the body’s flexibility, and it improves coordination. In fact, swimming and water resistance develop muscle strength like no other sports activity. And because swimming is considered a “low-impact” exercise, the risk of injury is much reduced compared to the many other options for youth sports.
The positive benefits of swimming go far beyond the sport itself. The cardiovascular system is benefited; personal stamina and strength are increased; and finally, body flexibility and posture are improved. Not to be overlooked, of course, is the fun. And whether it’s an individual effort or a team effort, young swimmers can develop their skills while enjoying themselves in a supportive and inclusive sports environment.
Swimming for young girls can be especially beneficial when instruction, coaching, or training is involved. And at Camp Akomak, such a swimming program is designed specifically for girls. There’s no sports facility that can compare - for girls and young women - and for swim levels that include beginner, intermediate, and advanced. It’s an environment where girls can be totally focused on enhancing their swimming.
Camp Akomak is regarded as a world-class training facility. Instructors and coaches train young women at every swim level, including competitive. It’s a complete swim program that focuses on technical skills; fitness and athleticism; and water safety. And it’s a program that provides every girl with benefits for the future - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Still, Camp Akomak is a traditional camp environment.
There’s much to be said for an all girls’ sports camp, especially with a swimming program just for girls. Apart from the clear benefits of athletics, the girls are far less worried about looks, and far more focused on swimming and sports. This is a camp environment that builds self-esteem and confidence, while providing a backdrop for young girls to explore personal issues. And in the end, it’s about building character.
Whether its for fun or fitness, casual or competitive, swimming can bring long term benefits for girls young and old. Proper instruction and training instils confidence in the sport, and swimming skills that last a lifetime. For many, cardio-fitness will be an important benefit; for others, muscle strength and tone are important; and for others, burning calories and managing weight will be the priority.
For the young women at Camp Akomak, it’s all there in one camp environment: the skills training; the inspiration to succeed; and the notion of friends and camaraderie. And for every young woman, it’s about having fun in the sun.
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