The benefits of early swimming are numerous, and helping babies along the way to swimming can be one of the parents’ most enjoyable experiences.
Infants make an easy transition from their early swimming reflexes to conscious movements if you swim with them, showing the child how to find their buoyancy in the water with minimal support. The emphasis is on encouraging free movement in water that is conducive to swimming at such a time when your baby is both physically and emotionally ready.
However, it is not a case of just playing in the water with your baby; it is a carefully designed progression of skills gleaned from many years of experience with a wide range of babies in on our courses.
Parental closeness and involvement
The interaction of parents with their babies in the water underlies all the short-term and long-term benefits.
The focus is on the mutual enjoyment: The more that babies take pleasure in early swimming, the more delighted are their parents and the babies thrive.
The mutual benefits
You, the parent also benefit from your baby’s early swimming in many ways.
Forget about “teaching” your baby to swim: If you have a loving, happy time with your baby enjoying the water the second goal will take care of it’s self.
It may help you overcome an intrinsic fear of water. It may also help you recover a playfulness you have not experienced since childhood. Building on your confidence and sense of freedom.
Going swimming helps you to get to know your baby and may consolidate bonding.
Babies can exercise more muscles in the weightless environment, as they are not restricted by their incapacity to sit or stand up.
Babies that take part in baby swimming programmes are often thought to be happier and healthier. Research shows that early swimmers perform better on tests measuring social, academic, motor and personality developments.
Water offers a heightened multi-sensory stimulation involving touch, hearing, sight, taste and smell The intense physical contact and eye contact with parents also offer quality stimulation. This can be especially valuable for premature or special needs babies.
Early swimming helps to develop babies’ personalities harmoniously; cautious babies learn to accept risk while rumbustious babies learn to be more prudent, As babies discover that they can propel themselves, their independence and self confidence increase.
Water offers them opportunities to resound to the unexpected early on. Toddlers are delighted with their achievements and readily show their enjoyment to parents and others in the pool.
Drowning is the second greatest cause of accidental death in industrialised countries. More than 50% of cases occur close to the water’s edge.
No method of infant swimming can guarantee to safeguard against drowning but your baby has a better chance of survival if familiarity with water allows her to stay relaxed in case of accidental fall.
Once your baby can swim back to the edge after jumping into the pool, in principal she has become water-safe, but it will take a few more months to consolidate her safety skills. You need to remain watchful.
Swimming toddlers are often at risk from becoming over confident. During the transition period when infants start to swim unaided but cannot quite surface to breathe, extra caution is needed at all times.
Benefits of Swimming – Children
Several studies have shown that “babies who have been swimming during the first two years of their lives develop a greater sense of their surroundings, and thus are already learning to be more creative and observant.”
Children who swim are at a physical advantage to those who do not swim, with increased Joint mobility, stamina and strength. Apart from being more physically at an advantage they can be far more advanced in hand eye coordination, problem solving and socialising.
Additionally, experiences in water allow little ones to better develop their psychomotor skills, because there they can move more freely and begin to understand concepts of distance and movement.
The cardio-respiratory system is also strengthened as the baby exercises his or her heart and lungs.
Cognitive and social skills are improved. Swimming lessons especially designed at the Dolphin Swim School help children to become more confident and provide them with a sense of relaxation, while the experience also contributes to their socialisation as they pass time in an environment filled with people. Their bonds with parents grow even stronger as together they share new and rewarding experiences. As they get older and become children they learn to share, to take turns, and to play and learn together giving them a sense of belonging and as they learn to swim and learn new skills in the water they feel a sense of achievement, helping your children to become confident not just in the water but in everyday life also…
The National swim programme will benefit your children’s development. At a certain age, usually after 4 yrs old, we start teaching from the British ASA national plan for teaching swimming. which gives a clear assessment of your child’s swimming ability and teaches life saving skills too…certificates’ and badges are awarded at each level. Badges and certificates can be bought at the venue from one the teachers that has approved the level of achievement.
There are hidden benefits for your children at the Dolphin Swim School
It’s More Than Just Swimming…