More than likely a portion of this month’s entertainment will probably take place around some form of water. Whether it’s a backyard, community or neighbor’s swimming pool, a lake, river, stream or even the ocean, we’re surrounded by it in Southern California. For many, water plays a significant role in their lives all year long. Making certain that your children are capable of handling themselves around and in water is extremely important and there is no better way to do that than to provide them with swimming lessons.
Swimming lessons are invaluable and can often prevent children from developing a fear of water. By introducing your children to swimming, you will be encouraging them to become physically active and stronger while providing them a chance to learn water safety which will result in more confident children.
Obviously, the sooner you provide your child with swimming lessons the better for a number of reasons. Although many recommend that children learn the basics of swimming around four years of age, the earlier a child becomes comfortable in the water the better. According to USA Swimming statistics, nine people drown daily in the United States alone. Drowning is still the leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the pediatric age group. Parents should keep in mind that swim lessons do not drown-proof your younger children and that they should always be supervised in the water, whether or not they know how to swim.
Providing children exposure to swimming lessons and water safety will
often ensure that they will be less likely to panic in the event that something goes wrong. Providing lessons will serve them well throughout their lives allowing them to enjoy the endless realm of water activities such as boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and maybe even surfing.
Teaching a child to swim will result in lifelong benefits for your child. Whether the goal is water safety, building self-confidence, exercise or simply for fun, encouraging water education is vital to the safety of your child. W Swimming 101