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4 Reasons to Start Swim Lessons Early

Learn the benefits of starting swim lessons early.

Date:   5/20/2022 9:30:03 PM   ( 3 mon ) ... viewed 19 times

Swimming is a wonderful way to spend a hot summer day. It is an especially great way to help your kids burn off extra energy. However, some parents are hesitant around pools if their children do not know how to swim. The CDC estimates that 3,960 people die each year due to unintentional drowning. That is 11 deaths per day. An additional 8,000 individuals drown but do not die. Those statistics combined yield an average of 33 drownings per day. Children are at a high risk of drowning, but individuals of all ages can experience this horrifying and sometimes deadly event. An excellent way to help prevent this is to put your child into swimming lessons from a very young age.

1. Safety

Safety cannot be stressed enough. As parents, you will constantly worry about your child and want to keep them safe. Appropriate education on how to act around water, how to swim and knowing where your child is spending time can help you to teach them one way of keeping themselves safe.

You never know when your child may come across water. Not everyone has a pool on their property or frequents swimming pools, but rivers, lakes and other bodies of water are all dangerous for drowning. Education and lessons can help your child be prepared for any of these encounters. If you are considering swimming pool contractors Pensacola, then swimming lessons for your kids should be a top priority for peace of mind. You will also want to preach the importance of not horsing around near water, making sure adults are present if they are around water and other water safety rules so your child knows they should not go near water without a responsible adult present.

2. Start Young

Many adults learned to swim just by spending time in the pool. While that approach can work for many, swimming lessons are a way to have an experienced and knowledgeable swimmer instruct your child through lessons that teach safety, technique, breathing and much more. Your child can begin going in the pool at just a few weeks old. Studies have found that swim lessons are best when started between 1 and 4. However, the more familiar your child is in the water, the easier lessons may be. The AAP recommends swimming lessons starting at one year old due to the number of drownings in the United States.

3. Experienced Instructor

The structure of a swimming class may facilitate greater learning, as sometimes children behave and listen better to a coach or teacher than they would if a parent were trying to teach them how to do something. Swim instructors have taught a lot of children water safety and how to swim, helping them develop effective and efficient methods for ensuring the children learn and retain the knowledge provided in the swimming courses. Instructors can also teach water survival skills that include situations in which the child accidentally falls into a body of water in their clothes.

4. Awareness

Accidental drownings are a terrifying event that can be avoided or limited in most instances. Awareness of your child’s whereabouts and restricting access to areas of water play a key role in decreasing drowning risk. Swim lessons, stressing the importance of water safety and learning as a family are all crucial pieces to implement from a young age. Let your children know you are very serious about water safety and encourage them to practice it while still having fun.

Swimming is fun, but the number of drowning deaths is scary. Swim lessons from age one on are a great way to teach your child how to swim and help them practice retention and water safety as they grow. Stay involved in this process, remind your child of what they’ve learned and encourage them to love swimming while staying safe.

 

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