Swim Before You Walk! Developmental Pluses to Swimming Early

We’re used to the strange looks we get from the parents who ask us about our swim lesson levels. The first of these levels, the Mini Class, is open to babies 4-12 months of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) once felt just like you. They recommended against swimming lessons for infants and toddlers because there was simply not enough evidence that early exposure to water reduced the risk of drowning. In fact, this same group feared the potential for a false sense of confidence around the water.

In 2010, everything changed. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study investigated data on drowning deaths over the course of two years and found that formal swimming lessons between 1-4 years of age resulted in a 88% reduction of risk from drowning. This led to a formal revision of the AAP’s policy.

Even better? There’s even more evidence on the benefits of swimming lessons for babies. A Norwegian University of Science and Technology study revealed that infants who participated in swimming lessons demonstrated better balance and motor skills from the start of their lessons up to the age of 5. And this is even in addition to the Griffith University study we talked about a couple posts ago that found that kids that begin swimming at an early age achieve physical and mental milestones before their peers.

Want to know more about our Mini Baby Classes? No matter your child’s age or comfort level, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to review our chart, and then get ready to register.

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