The snorkel and mask are the keys into a new universe...
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(PRWEB) January 05, 2013
In an effort to promote swimming as a lifelong fitness activity, sports website "Inspirational Sports Stories" recently featured tips from "Expedition New England" host Scott Tucker on how snorkeling can be a great alternative to competition to keep kids interested in swimming.
Editors of Inspirational Sports Stories first became aware of Tucker's tips about snorkeling when "Expedition New England" host Scott Tucker, along with his 6-year-old son, Race Tucker, spoke to WTNH's Jeff Valin, host of "Good Morning Connecticut", about ways to help capture the imagination of children and get them thinking about their local environment. Tucker recommended taking young children out into the abundant New England fresh and clear waterways. Snorkeling in these places, children can see the plants and animals in their natural environment and can learn about the food chain and ecosystems. In addition to providing a captivating experience to keep youths interested in swimming, seeing nature is one of the best ways to impress upon young minds the importance of conservation.
Freshwater snorkeling adventures have an added advantage. As reported by InspirationalSports Stories.com, snorkeling helps children strengthen and gain new swimming skills. The fun of snorkeling makes it a great way to keep kids interested in swimming, even if they do not want to pursue swimming as a competitive activity. Freshwater snorkeling combines lessons about both the environment and swimming. Scott Tucker noted that most any clear fresh waterway, such as ponds, brooks, rivers, streams, and lakes are perfect for snorkeling. The best conditions are rivers and streams that are about waist deep.
According to WTNH News8 Mr. Tucker also noted that snorkeling equipment is low cost, starting at about $20 from local sporting goods stores. Wetsuits may be desirable, but are not required in the right conditions. Learning to swim is an important safety skill for life. Swimming is also an excellent aerobic exercise. While swimming in a swimming pool can be excellent exercise, children often quickly grow out of swimming. Freshwater snorkeling can help make children excited about swimming their entire life, even if they never swim competitively.
Part of the fun that makes snorkeling excellent for teaching swimming skills is that it is also a great way to get children excited about science. Snorkeling makes for a low cost adventure and brings animals and plants up close and personal in their native habitat. Often children only see these animals or plants, if at all, in zoos, museums, or television. This type of hands on learning excites a child's imagination and desire to learn about more than just science and nature.
To illustrate the possibilities of snorkeling, Scott Tucker spoke about an amazing encounter with a small-mouthed bass within moments of entering the water with Race strapped to his back. The snorkeling allows for immersion into the natural environment and allows for encounters with fish without hooks. The snorkel and mask are the keys into a new universe.
InspirationalSportsStories.com is committed to creating interest in swimming to help parents and children build healthy lifestyles. Their recent feature of the tips about snorkeling by Scott Tucker is just one piece of this effort.