Are swimming lessons good for toddlers?

Are swimming lessons good for toddlers?

Are swimming lessons good for toddlers?

Yes, they are great for kids. A child who has swim lessons should look forward to at least one-and-a-half to two full days of instruction per week. And, they should do well on all of the written and assessed skills.
But what about for kids who just can’t in good conscience attend swim class? Kids these days can be really demanding on kids’ schedules. And in some cases, when a kid does have time off, it can be really hard to get them back in the water. So, sometimes having a little swimmers’ group together can help kids get back on track.
What if I tell you that having a group of kids who really know how to swim can help kids learn something new and hard? That having the support of another parent or caregiver can help kids stay safe in and around water? That swim lessons can provide lifesaving skills and water wings for little ones? That having a safe environment where other kids can learn and play helps kids stay safe in and around water? That having a group of like-minded kids can help kids improve their social skills outside of school? These are just a few of the benefits that can be had by having a group of kids who truly know how to swim.
 You don’t want to force a conversation about swim skills, however, if you don’t feel comfortable doing so with your child. Kids are not toys. They need to be allowed to play, learn and be safe. Sometimes, a parent-child game can be much more beneficial than swim lessons.
At the beginning of each lesson, a parent or caregiver will be the center of attention for your little one. The focus should be on enjoyment and encouragement. There should be a clear way that you and your little one can be safe and comfortable around one another. The water should be a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Are swimming lessons good for toddlers?

The short answer is “yes”. They can be a lifesavers in the event of an emergency and they’ve worked hard to make sure your child is safe while in and around water.

However, you need to be aware of one major risk… if your child takes part in swimming lessons, they may lose their water wings.

The theory is that by the age of six, kids will have developed the strength and endurance to successfully swim in water without water wings. The problem is, there isn’t any evidence this actually happens. A look at the literature on aquatic literacy shows this to be false.

The AAP clearly states that they don’t recommend swimming lessons for kids under 12, as they suggest they be supervised on their own. But they are open to the idea of a parent training program for kids over 12.

What about kids who are paralysed? Or have a congenital heart condition called atrial fibrillation? Or are autistic? Or have a waterlogged immune system?

These are just a few of the health conditions that could make training your kid to swim a daunting prospect. And they aren’t the only ones. Most kids don’t even know how to roll over.

There’s nothing like a day in the pool or at the beach to make you leave hungry, and babies are no different. So pack a lunch and make the most of it. And don’t forget to take your baby to the bathroom after swimming.

With files from The Canadian Press

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