The importance of swimming lessons

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages. Exercise experts say that swimming one mile is the equivalent of running four. Swimming trains your body in breath control, which is great for people who want to build up their endurance. Also, this low-impact exercise can save your knees and ankles because you are not pounding away on pavement or concrete like a runner. People who choose to swim can then go on to participate in triathlons and swimming races.

If you can tread water, a number of recreational doors are open to you. Many people love to spend time hanging out on the lake, participating in activities such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing. Although people who take part in these fun events should wear life vests, they may still have to swim to get to the device or head back to the boat. In the pool, you can play water games like "Sharks and Minnows" and "Jump or Dive." In the sea, you can go scuba diving and check out shipwrecks and coral reefs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millions of people love to spend their vacations relaxing at the beach. You can lay in the sand and tan or play beach volleyball without ever getting into the water. However, wading into the water or swimming out a little bit can help you cool off. You can also hunt for sand dollars out in the sea with your feet. Also, knowing how to swim can help you if you are swept off your balance and carried by a riptide or other strong current. You should swim at an angle to the shore rather than tiring yourself out by going directly towards the beach.

Should you be one of the many homeowners who decide to build a pool in their own backyard, getting your child swimming lessons could save his or her life. You can rest a little easier knowing that if your kid falls into the pool by accident, he or she will be able to tread water and keep the head above the water, saving themselves from drowning.

Overall, swimming can be used for exercise, fun, and even lifesaving. Therefore, consider swimming lessons for you and your loved ones. Otherwise, you can suffer from a terrible swimming pool accident, such as a drowning of someone that you love.

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Winter Swimming

Many parents only associate swimming with the warm summer months believing that their child will get sick if they swim during winter. When in actual fact children are no more likely to catch a cold from swimming during winter than during summer.

Swimming in a heated pool is no different to taking a bath – a properly chlorinated pool is probably one of the cleanest places a child can be.

 

 

 

 

 

So here are a few points to consider regarding winter swimming:

* Swimming in winter poses no threat to children with functioning immune systems. Our pool is indoors and the water is heated between 32 - 33 degrees. As long as you quickly and thoroughly dry your child and change him into warm clothes he’s no more at risk from catching a cold after swimming than he is after his bath.

* Regular exercise helps keep the body, including the immune system, strong. Studies conducted in Germany indicated that swimming children are actually healthier than their non-swimming friends.

* Year round swimming ensures that children do not forget skills learned between summers. Plus, it allows new skills to be taught at the most advantageous developmental age

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Swimming Improves Cognitive Functioning

Bilateral cross-patterning movements, which use both sides of the body to carry out an action, help your baby’s brain grow.

Cross-patterning movements build neurons throughout the brain, but especially in the corpus callosum, which facilitates communication, feedback, and modulation from one side of the brain to another. Down the road, this improves:

  • reading skills
  • language development
  • academic learning
  • spatial awareness

 

 

 

 

 

When swimming, your baby moves their arms while kicking their legs. And your cutie is doing these actions in water, which means their brain is registering the tactile sensation of water plus its resistance. Swimming is also a unique social experience, which furthers its brain-boosting power.

A four-year study of over 7,000 children by the Griffith University in Australia found that swimming children were more advanced in physical and mental development when compared to their non-swimming peers. Specifically, the 3- to 5-year-olds who swam were 11 months ahead of the normal population in verbal skills, six months ahead in math skills, and two months ahead in literacy skills. They were also 17 months ahead in story recall and 20 months ahead in understanding directions!

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/infant-swimming#3

 

When Are Kids Ready To Learn to Swim?

Most parents think their babies are still too small to join baby swimming classes and so they decide to wait for some more time. However, as a parent you must realize that there is no magical age when your child will be ready to learn how to swim.

You should consider two parameters for judging whether your child is ready to learn how to swim or not. The first parameter is your child's comfort level in water. Once you notice that your child enthusiastically swims from one end of the pool to the other with his swim gear on you should take it as a very positive sign. However, you must consider another factor before sending him for infant swim lessons. Make sure that he is not below four years of age.

Even though there are professionals present at the infant swim classes there is always the risk of drowning since your child is too small. Moreover the water contains strong chemicals which can cause serious damage to your baby's tender skin as well as his vital parts such as the eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

Another important reason is that your child does not have his physical abilities fully developed before the age of 4. For example, his legs would not be strong enough for properly breaking the water and the feet would not get aligned with the centre line of the body to exert optimal force. As a result, your child would spend a lot of energy but would not be able to learn much from his swimming classes.

This is the reason most swimming experts suggest that you should utilize the ages between 0 and 4 years to introduce your child to the pool instead of sending him for baby swim classes. The best way to introduce your child to the pool is to take him along when you hit the pool. Try to make it a family affair so that the child really enjoys being in the pool. Initially keep child in your arms (occasionally splashing water at him), but once he starts to enjoy the water let him stand on his own in the shallow part of the pool. Make sure you keep your hands right behind him in order to avoid unpleasant accidents. As time passes, this practice should gradually be replaced with the usage of swimming gears. And in no time you will find your child ready for joining an infant swimming school.

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The Benefits of Infant Swim Time

When your baby isn’t old enough to walk, it may seem silly to take them to the pool. But there are so many benefits to splashing around and gliding through the water — besides the fact that your little one looks super cute in a bathing suit.

Studies demonstrate that spending time in the pool helps babies become more self-confident and intelligent (yes, really!). Being in the water engages your baby’s tiny body in a completely unique way, creating billions of new neurons as your sweetie kicks, glides, and smacks at the water.

While there are tremendous benefits to taking your baby to a public pool on your own, formal group swim lessons are important, too. Many people believe that infant swim time makes young children too comfortable in the water, thereby increasing drowning risks, but this is simply not true. In children aged 1 to 4, lessons can significantly reduce your child’s risk of drowning for multiple reasons.

Due to delicate immune systems, doctors typically recommend that parents keep their babies from chlorinated pools or lakes until they’re about 6 months old.

 

 

 

 

 

But you don’t want to wait too long to introduce your baby to the pool — children who don’t get their feet wet until later tend to be more fearful and negative about swimming. Younger children are also usually less resistant to floating on their backs, a key life-saving strategy that even some babies can master!

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/infant-swimming

 

Drowning Prevention

Newborns and infants should never be left alone while in bathtubs or pools. It’s important to keep in mind that a child can drown in even just 1 inch of water. For children under 1 year of age, it’s best to do “touch supervision.” That means that an adult should be close enough to touch them at all times.

Possible warning signs of potential drowning. Signs that may indicate that a person is in danger of drowning include:

  • head is low in the water, and mouth is at water level
  • head is tilted back and mouth is open
  • eyes are glassy and empty, or closed
  • hyperventilating or gasping
  • trying to swim or trying to roll over

As long as you’re taking all the necessary precautions and giving your baby your undivided attention, swim time can be perfectly safe. Another benefit to infant swimming is that it’s a wonderful parent-child bonding experience. In our hectic, fast-paced world, slowing down to simply enjoy an experience together is rare.

 

 

 

 

 

Swim lessons with our babies brings us into the present moment while teaching them important life skills. So grab your swim diaper and wade in!

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/infant-swimming#3

 

Swimming trains your body in breath control, which is great for people who want to build up their endurance. Also, this low-impact exercise can save your knees and ankles because

Swimming in a heated pool is no different to taking a bath – a properly chlorinated pool is probably one of the cleanest places a child can be.


Swimming is also a unique social experience, which furthers its brain-boosting power

However, as a parent you must realize that there is no magical age when your child will be ready to learn how to swim.

Being in the water engages your baby’s tiny body in a completely unique way, creating billions of new neurons as your sweetie kicks, glides, and smacks at the water.

A long as you’re taking all the necessary precautions and giving your baby your undivided attention, swim time can be perfectly safe.

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