Did you know that children will learn to swim at an incredibly young age if given the chance? You may be wondering what age is too young though? Please, always check with your pediatrician before proceeding with any program.
However, there are a wide range of programs that are available starting as young as four months old! Now, many of these early programs teach acclimation. Thus, your child isn’t learning to swim just yet. Rather, they will be learning to get used to the water with your guidance. Next, they will learn to float and maneuver themselves safely in the water.
Learning to Swim lowers Drowning Risks
It may seem like a no brainer to you, but it is important to note that learning to swim is vital. Children who have, are at an 83% lower risk of drowning according to one of the few studies available. Now, there definitely needs to be more research done. Thus far, it is proving safer to teach kids as soon as possible. Constant adult supervision is a necessity though!
Children should never be left unsupervised, especially in situations where they may be tempted into water without supervision. However, having them learn to swim is the first step in helping your child be prepared should something happen.
Children are little sponges for learning. That includes learning to swim of course. It is not a skill they will master right away but research is hinting that learning at a very young age may prevent them from developing a fear or aversion to the water. As babies left an aquatic environment to begin with.