Teach your baby to love the water
- Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children. Often, they willingly go underwater during their first lesson, whereas a child over the age of 2 may require 8 – 10 lessons before submerging their heads.
- A fear of water is acquired as a child grows older. The longer a baby is kept away from water, the more likely they are to be afraid. This can develop from as young as 9 months old.
- Babies are adapted to swimming. When they are submerged, they automatically hold their breath and their swim strokes resemble dolphins.
However, these reflexes can begin to fade as early as 3 months.
- Babies can exercise more muscles in the water as they are less restricted by gravity and their inability to sit, stand or walk on land. This increased strength often assists in early learning of physical skills, like crawling and walking.
- Swimming improves babies’ cardiovascular fitness.
- Early control of movement in water gives children a head start in learning basic swimming skills. Encourages the development of baby’s natural reflexes.
- The lack of gravity in water helps to improve co-ordination and balance and develops excellent muscle control.
- Warm water, gentle exercise and fun equates to a relaxed, stimulated and hungry baby, therefore they usually eat and sleep much better on swim days!
- Babies flourish in the focused attention that their parents can offer them during swimming lessons. Parents often say that the lessons provide 30 minutes of “quality” time without interruption.
- As babies learn how to manoeuvre in the water on their own, their self confidence and independence grows. This can be clearly seen by their huge smiles and enthusiasm to please and repeat.
- Learning to swim is a fun, enjoyable and healthy activity for all the family.
Most importantly water safety and awareness is valuable skill to learn at an early age.
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