Twenty seconds. That's how fast a child can silently drown - even in shallow water.
Learning to swim is a very important lesson to learn, especially as a young child. It is an important life skill that can help children with their fear of water and to prevent them from getting in a sticky situation if they are ever near or in the water.
When Should Kids Start Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons is recommended for all children ages 4 and up. They used to say that children shouldn't start until at least this age but studies have found differently. Swimming lessons for toddlers and preschoolers aged 1-4 are also encouraged if you feel your child is ready. Every child is different and every parent should enroll their child in swimming lessons when they feel they are mentally ready.
Why Learning to Swim is So Important
Whether you are going to be spending a lot of time at the pool or the lake, it is important your children know how to swim. When a child knows how to swim, they know how to save themselves from drowning. If they were to ever fall off the boat, the dock, or the edge of the swimming pool they will not panic and be able to swim themselves to a safe spot. Swim lessons ensure your child ultimately stays out of danger.
Benefits & Limitations
Infant and toddler swimming lessons serve many benefits. They may not be "learning" to swim when they are one, but they will be learning to not fear the water and how to be safe around it. Some studies have show that even younger children are capable of learning some drowning prevention this early.
Water Safety Reminders
Keep in mind that putting your children in swimming lessons does not mean they should ever swim unattended. Even with a life vest or floaties, your children still need to be watched like a hawk.
Besides yourself, you should also inform babysitters or other family members that may be around your children swimming in the water. Show them hazards around the pool, how to properly use a floating device, and ask them to help keep their eyes on all the children swimming.