Here’s our top 10 reasons why we think baby swimming is an exciting and enriching experience for everyone involved. Not only are vital life skills taught, but it also improves the ways babies and toddlers learn other skills with Lifeguard Course.
1. Water safety is taught
Tragically, drowning is still the third leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five worldwide. Learning how to get to the shore, hold on, get out of the water and/or swim could save your child’s life one day. that is why we teach them important safety techniques from birth. We are extremely proud that we have contributed to saving a large number of children’s lives in recent years. Water Babies have fallen into canals, fast flowing water, private pools and survived thanks to the skills they learned from us
2. It is very good for their physical and mental health
Swimming from birth is extremely good for your baby’s health and development; and can spark a lifelong interest in sports. Each class includes a complete physical workout, which strengthens your child’s heart and lungs, which in turn contribute to brain development, including stimulation of the 5 senses (taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing). And with each class they burn up to 300 calories, that’s training!
3. It strengthens the bond
Skin-to-skin contact strengthens the bond between you and your child. For parents with multiple children, this can be the only chance of the week to give their child their full attention (and probably the only time when you’re not mobile!).
4. It boosts confidence
Introducing children to water at a very young age prevents the development of a fear of water later in life. Exercises in which the child moves independently in the water and holds on to the side are very good for your baby’s self-confidence. Many parents find that interacting with their child in water is also good for them, especially if they are afraid of water or cannot swim. You will be so proud of your baby!!
5. It helps in coordination development
Being in the water helps to improve coordination. To illustrate: A 2009 study by the Norwegian University of Science & Technology showed that babies who swim have better balance and can pick up objects more easily¹.
6. They build strength
Buoyancy and water resistance make babies exercise more muscles. This is more effective in water than on land. Finnish research showed that swimming babies crawled later, but walked earlier, thanks to excellent muscle control.
7. It develops their learning skills
Responding to repeated spoken commands can increase your baby’s mental skills and level of comprehension. A German study showed that swimming babies had better motor skills, social skills and intelligence².
8. It improves their well-being
Warm water relaxes your baby, and swimming promotes their appetite; the good news for you is improved eating and sleeping patterns!
9. It Provides Structure
Weekly swimming lessons add structure to your week and your day, providing frequent fun and social activities (and, perhaps, more energy…)
10. You can start from birth
Since we only teach in warm water baths, we can start babies from birth, and you don’t have to wait until they have had all their vaccinations before swimming (even underwater).