Mastering swimming at a young age can benefit a child in many areas throughout life.
Perhaps the most important reason to teach your child to swim, along with aquatic safety skills, early in life is for safety.
It may seem like common sense, but now a study conducted by America’s National Institute of Health confirms that participating in formal swimming lessons is associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in children aged 1 to 4 years (Archives Paediatric Medicine, Vol 163 No 3, March 2009).
Swimming is considered the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by many physicians and pediatricians.
Swimming is unique in that it uses all the body’s major muscle groups, promoting complete development. It enhances flexibility and builds strength.
Swimming develops coordination by requiring combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body, which enhances muscle function, grace and fluidity of movement.
Development of Whole Child
Additional data comes from research at the German Sports College in Cologne. These studies demonstrate that swim lessons for babies and toddlers don’t just save lives but they can accelerate their development physically, intellectually and emotionally. As compared with a control group which did not take year-round lessons, the children who swam consistently from infancy were significantly stronger and more coordinated. The children also scored higher for intelligence and problem-solving, which carried over into excellence in academic achievement. Emotionally, they were found to be more self-disciplined with greater self-control and an increased desire to succeed. They rated higher in self-esteem and were more independent and comfortable in social situations than the control groups.
These are just a few of the many, many benefits of teaching your child to swim and float independently at an early age. Be sure to speak with your friends and family members and read the testimonials of other parents that have experienced these and other amazing benefits after completing lessons at Merritt Island Swim School!