We all have that defining childhood experience that started in trembling uncertainty and ended in a rush of exhilaration. Maybe it was your first roller coaster ride, or a daring charge off the high dive, or your 9th inning home run. These were the moments that taught us to trust ourselves, follow our courage, and love the thrill. Today, kids can have the same kind of adventure on AquaClimb’s aquatic climbing walls.
There’s No Thrill Like Climbing
Imagine being suspended by your own strength in mid air. With every foothold you breathe deeper, your heart beats faster, and your hands and feet tingle with adrenaline.
There are no ropes, harnesses, or spotters. You’re on your own. As you approach the top, the wall curves back a bit, making your muscles burn. You hang for a moment, unsure if you can make it. Then you see the perfect next step. You push off, grab the final hold, find your footing, and you’re there! You slap the top of the wall in triumph and let go, falling back into the water in a celebration of splashing.
For kids, the aquatic climbing wall combines rollercoaster thrills with homerun pride. And don’t let them know, but it also helps develop their strength, mental acuity, and self-confidence in a safe environment.
Exercise Makes Kids Happier and Smarter.
We know that exercise is great for kids. According to WebMD, kids score higher on math and reading tests after just 20 minutes of exercise. They also become more confident, happier, and sleep better. And as noted in Today’s Parent magazine, healthy risks help build kids’ self-esteem.
Kids Naturally Love Climbing.
Unfortunately, exercise doesn’t always hold the same fascination as the latest video game. But that’s where climbing is different. Kids have a natural inclination to climb. They love the inherent challenge in reaching the top.
And climbing comes easily to them because they have a high strength-to-weight ratio. Kids have less body weight to haul up the wall than adults do, and they’re more flexible.
Even less athletic kids can excel because it requires strategy, not size or speed. Getting up the wall means puzzling out the holds and thinking several steps ahead. They learn to concentrate, predict outcomes, and plan.
Aquatic Climbing Offers Thrills in Safety.
Climbing on actual cliff faces takes alot of training and equipment and can be extremely dangerous. Climbing in gyms is safer, but still involves a harness, ropes and spotters. That’s why climbing over water makes so much sense for kids. They can hop on with no equipment, and if they fall, they merely splash back down, which is all part of the fun.
Kids progress at their own speed.
Since an aquatic wall is a pool attraction, they can approach it according to their own instincts without the pressure of a structured program like team sports. Youngsters prone to act first and think later can attack the wall and fall off over and over as they learn what to do. Those who prefer to assess a situation before jumping in can watch friends do it and get started when they feel ready.
Climbing helps develop grit, courage, and self-reliance.
Once they begin, the AquaClimb helps kids learn to handle frustration. When they get stuck, there’s no reason to panic. They can take a break, drop back into the pool, refocus, and try again. They learn to have patience and grit, crucial skills that will help them in every area of life.
Because they’re on their own on the wall, without ropes or spotters, aquatic climbers rely on their own decisions and reap the satisfaction of a very personal achievement. That feeling of control and self-reliance releases endorphins in the brain, making the whole experience more pleasurable.
Most kids will find the aquatic climbing wall a novel experience. Anything new delights youngsters, and you won’t have to nag them to go try it. Once they experience the thrill of the climb, they’ll be hooked, and parents can look at summer trips to the pool as much more than cannonballs and popsicles. The AquaClimb wall turns your community swimming hole into the ideal place to help your kids bloom with courage and confidence.