Q and A with Mom of a Soon To Be One Year Old
May 10, 2018 by Swim 101
1. My daughter turns one in June … when should I start swim lessons with her?
As soon as possible! Research associated with children starting swim lessons earlier verifies those children have an incredible advantage over those that do not participate in swim lessons in key developmental areas. Give your child an advantage early on as swimming lessons boosts the development of the whole child because early year round lessons for young children accelerated their development physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
Other significant growth includes:
1. Children who swim consistently from infancy are significantly stronger and more coordinated.
2. Children score higher for intelligence and problem solving, which carries over into excellent academic achievement.
3. Emotionally, children have been found to have more self-discipline, greater self-control and an increase in desire to succeed.
4. Children rated higher in self-esteem and were more independent and comfortable in social situations than non-swimmers.
5. Swim lessons for babies and toddlers improve their physical development.
6. Baby swimmers develop better balance, movement and grasping techniques than non-swimmers.
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2. What does a baby learn in lessons?
There are a variety of skills a baby can and will learn in swim lessons and they are not just
Swimming skills they will achieve include water orientation, monkey walking, climbing out of
the pool, floating, breath control, gentle underwater submersion, kicking and jumping in and
returning to the wall.
As far as non-swimming skills, the benefits may even outweigh the swimming skills learned in
swim lessons. Skill development is unique to early childhood swim lessons because we can get
babies in the water as early as 3 months; this is something that cannot be done with other
sports or activities. On average, these children were eleven months ahead of normal
population in Oral Expression, six months ahead in Mathematic Reasoning, two months
ahead in Brief Reading and even more amazing was that they were seventeen months ahead
in Story Recall and 20 months ahead in Understanding Directions. Once again, consider that
the average age of those studied was 4 years, 2 months. In addition, there is a greater bond
between child and parent that participate in these lessons together.
3. How many babies and parents are in a lesson at a time?
We have a maximum of 6 babies along with their parents.
4. Who teaches these classes?
Our trained coaches teach our baby classes.
5. When are baby lessons offered and how much?
We offer a number of lessons Tuesday-Sunday. The cost is $80 per month with an annual registration fee of $50. If you mention this blog, we will reduce the annual registration fee to $25.