There are so many contradicting views on when your children should start swimming lessons. Some say don’t start until they are older, others say there are too many to a class so they end up sitting on the side for most of the class.
So we hear you asking what is the best age to learn to swim? How do you find the best lessons? Well here’s our top tips on when to know your child is ready…
Start them young
We believe the earlier the better and we start our Parent and Baby classes from 3 months old. As long as the baby is comfortable around water then you can introduce visits to the swimming pool and enjoy time as a family and have fun. Whenever you take your baby or child to the pool it is important to make the experience positive.
It’s never too late
If you haven’t introduced your child to swimming as a baby then don’t worry, children can learn to swim at any age – it’s never too late. We would advise that you enrol your child into an introduction programme for their age group and this will introduce them to water safety and swimming gently through games and play. As children get older and gain more experience they will tackle more difficult swimming skills.
Learning to swim is a life skill
We believe that swimming is a non-negotiable life skill that parents should look to acquire for their children as soon as possible. Whilst a range of extra-curricular skills are important for children to develop as rounded individuals, none are quite as vital and fundamental as learning to swim. A 2012 report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reveals drowning leads to more deaths among young children aged 1 to 4 than any other cause except birth defects. Children under 4 also had the highest rate of nonfatal drownings, meaning injuries from near drowning that may have landed them in the emergency room or in the hospital.
In summary, teaching young children basic survival swimming skills can have a life-long immunisation effect against drowning. This gives you, as parents, immeasurable peace of mind, whether your children are playing in and around the pool on holiday as young children, or go swimming on their own with friends as older children.