The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children do not start formal swimming lessons until after their 4th birthday. This will ensure that your child is developmentally ready to practice and learn life saving skills such as floating and movement.
But children of all ages love being in the water, and there are plenty of activities that you can do with your child before their 4th birthday to ensure they develop a love of the water and to prepare them for formal swimming lessons. Splashing, singing songs, playing games and building confidence in the water are necessary in the first few years.
It is important that children learn the basics of swimming, even if it’s only to put your mind at ease! If you’ve ever questioned why you should put your child in swimming lessons, here are the top reasons:
- It is FUN!
Most children love splashing around in the water, playing water games with their friends and spending the day by the pool, beach or lake.
- It is a great confidence builder!
As with any new challenge, children get better over time with practice. Celebrate each new goal that your child reaches whether it be submerging their head underwater, or swimming a length of the pool. They’ll be pretty proud of their achievements no matter how small.
- It’s a great form of exercise.
Swimming is a low impact workout that most children love! They will be having a ball in the pool, and not even realize they are exercising.
- Your children will make new friends (and you might too!)
If you enroll your child in swimming lessons, chances are they will be joined by other children of similar ages. Swimming can create life long friendships as children go through the various stages of learning to swim with their new friends.
- To develop a lifelong skill.
Just like riding a bike, once you have this skill you can continue swimming well into adulthood.
- It could save your child’s LIFE!