As with many things in life, it’s never too late to learn to swim but there are a number of serious benefits associated with starting your child’s swim lessons as early as possible. Providing your child with swim lessons is an investment in their future and the earlier your child experiences swimming, the more likely they are to be successful.
At H2.O Aquatics, we understand the importance of learning to swim at an early age and want to assist you in teaching your child to swim. Swimming is an important life skill to have and the earlier that your child learns this valuable skill, the earlier they can begin reaping its benefits. Let’s talk about the variety of benefits that starting swim lessons early can have for your child.
Conquering and Overcoming Fears
Sometimes the scariest thing about learning something new is simply the act of getting started. When teaching older children to swim, there can sometimes be a certain degree of fear associated with such an unfamiliar environment as the water can be. By starting your child’s swim lessons as early as possible (even in infancy), it is much more likely that your child will have an easier time adjusting to the concept of swimming naturally.
The longer that you wait to enroll your child in swim lessons, the more difficult it will be for them to approach learning to swim. This isn’t to say, however, that an older child is a “lost cause” when it comes to learning to swim. While it may not be an ideal situation if your child is fearful of learning to swim, it is a great opportunity for you to support them in conquering and overcoming their fears. Take the time to encourage your child and ease their mind when it comes time to attend their first swim lesson. With enough kind words and support, it is likely that your child will see that there wasn’t anything to be afraid of and the feeling of accomplishment this experience will give them is sure to boost their self-esteem!
It’s Never Too Soon to Start
If this is your first time enrolling your child in swim lessons, you may be questioning whether or not it’s too soon to start. It isn’t! Although your child may be young, this doesn’t mean that they can’t learn to swim independently. While most swim lessons for children under the age of 5 won’t focus on the basics of independent swimming, this isn’t to say that your child won’t take to the water easily.
There is no set age for a child to learn to swim independently and when your child will be ready for this step will be largely left up to their own level of comfort. This is why it is vital to start your child’s swim lessons as early as possible as they are much more likely to be comfortable enough to start swimming independently the earlier that they are exposed to it.
Swimming Encourages Earlier Physical Development
Of the many reasons to enroll your child in swimming lessons early on, the benefits to their physical development is at the top of the list. It is entirely possible for an infant to learn to swim before they even learn to walk! Swimming as a toddler allows a child to more easily develop advanced coordination skills earlier in life.
In a study conducted by the Norweigan University of Science and Technology, researchers determined that children who learn to swim as babies develop a greater sense of balance and grasp when compared to children that hadn’t learned to swim early on. This is likely due to the fact that swimming is one of the few physical activities we engage in that demands the use of so many of the body’s muscles. Although toddlers may not possess the proper motor skills to engage in strokes, early swim lessons will prove useful in teaching them to move around and float independently in the water.
The Psychological Benefits of Early Swim Lessons
Next to the positive effects that early swim lessons can have on a child’s physical development are the psychological benefits. Children that learn to swim early on are much more likely to have a greater sense of self-esteem and self-discipline. Swim lessons are a great way of presenting your child with something new to learn, practice, and accomplish.
It’s important to a child’s sense of self to be regularly challenged throughout their childhood as the act of overcoming obstacles will be an important driving factor in nearly every milestone to occur in their future. As parents, we tell our children that they can do anything they set their mind to and by presenting them with experiences in which they have to learn and overcome, they’ll feel much more equipped to handle unfamiliar situations.
Contact H2.O Aquatics Today!
At H2.O Aquatics, we believe that swimming comes easily when you teach confidence first. It is this philosophy that makes us unique and we aim to instill the value of hard work and the love of learning in each child starting at their very first swim lesson. As experts at what we do, we apply our years of experience to making your child feel comfortable, encouraged, and excited about learning to swim and will be there to support them every step of the way.
If you find yourself wondering when the right time to sign your child up for his or her first swim lesson is, the answer is very simple: now. There is no time like the present to take those first steps in teaching your child a valuable life skill. We are ready to get started when you are and we’re here to answer any and all questions that you may have!
Contact H2.O Aquatics today to schedule your child’s very first swim lesson. We look forward to hearing from you and working alongside your child to accomplish this important life milestone.