There are so many benefits to learning how to swim at a very young age. Here are just a few:
Reduces the risk of drowning
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for infants and young children between the ages of 1-4 years old (CDC). A 2009 study led by Dr. Ruth Brenner at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in 1- to 4-year-old children. This demonstrates that swim lessons should be part of a comprehensive drowning prevention strategy from an early age!
Enhances physical, cognitive and emotional development
In 1979, scientists at the German Sports College of Cologne studied the effects of year-round swimming lessons on very young children. They found that those who participated in the infant swim lessons accelerated their development physically, intellectually and emotionally.
Compared with a control group that did not take year-round lessons, the children who swam consistently from infancy were significantly stronger and more coordinated. The children scored higher for intelligence and problem solving, which carried over into excellence in academic achievement. Emotionally, they were found to have more self-discipline, greater self-control and an increased desire to succeed. They rated higher in self-esteem and were more independent and comfortable in social situations than the control groups.
What is Survival Swimming?
Should all other safety precautions fail, teaching your child survival swimming skills gives them a chance for survival. Swimming, by definition, is the ability to move through the water independently. Survival swimming incorporates being able to breathe when needed. Many programs teach children to lift their heads to breathe. This motion takes a significant amount of strength and energy and is, therefore, very difficult to maintain. Using this head lift will cause a child to fatigue very quickly. The better alternative is to teach a child how to attain and maintain a back float. This position allows for rest and unlimited access to air. Starfish Swimmers teaches children the aquatic survival skills to potentially save themselves in an emergency situation. Most importantly, the Starfish Swimmers student will have practiced all the SURVIVAL SWIMMING skills while fully clothed before completing their lesson session.