What Age Should My Child Begin Swim Lessons?
As a parent, we all want the best for our kids and try to ensure they are well prepared for the “real world” by the time they get older. A common question we receive is “at what age should my child begin swim lessons?” Well, it really depends on what you truly want your child to get out of the swimming lessons. Let’s break down the difference between these private swim lessons by age gap.
Who doesn’t love watching an adorable infant kicking their feet in the water? When we say infant, we mean those that are younger than 3 years old and still trying to get an understanding of their surroundings. Baby Swimming Lessons are not essential but rather more of a preference. At these ages, Baby Swimming Lessons will teach them a set of skills known to swim instructors as “infant survival rescue skills”. These include teaching them how to turn over onto their back in order to get continuous air flow, kicking off a wall and a general introduction to water activities like dipping their face in among others. Baby Swimming Lessons have been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as they have proven to reduce the risk of drowning by nearly 88%. So here it is important to understand that swimming lessons for infants act as a supplement to further the child’s water safety skills and put the parents a little more at ease rather than make or break the swimming skills the child will develop in the future.
Although a rather unknown fact, (aged 3-5) are crucial to their development of water safety skills and the basic stroke techniques. Throughout toddler swim lessons, they are taught the rules of the pool/swimming and how to stay safe around the water. Parents of these young rascals understand how curious and excited they are when put near just around anything. With pools however, it is important that they understand the danger of jumping into water and not being aware of the consequences of their actions. For first time swimmers, we strongly emphasize the importance of water safety and showing them fundamentals such as floating, elementary backstroke, diving underwater and being calm while staying in the pool. Toddler Swim Lessons are extremely important and cannot be taken lightly.