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Do You Really Need to Teach Your Kids How to Swim?

Teaching your kids how to swim is an important life lesson. While you may not want to introduce them to the water as an infant, it’s a good idea to get them acquainted to the water sooner rather than later. It can offer a number of benefits. Plus, the right program can be just what your kids need.

Prevent Drowning

There are a number of drowning prevention tips that should be instilled in children at an early age. More drowning happens in the toddler years than at any other time. You might not always have a life vest around your child when they’re near the water. Whether you take your kids to the beach or to a friend’s house where they have a pool, it is important for your child to know how to prevent drowning if they were to land in the water. Even the smallest amount of water can be a drowning hazard, so it’s best to keep your kids educated about the dangers that exist.

Encourage Exercise

Kids don’t always eat the healthiest. Throughout a kid’s development, they may be exposed to all sorts of sugars and processed foods that can cause them to gain weight. Giving them a sport that they can be involved in will make it easier for them to maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, swimming can improve their physical health by promoting heart and lung health. You’ll also find that they’re able to boost their flexibility, strength, and stamina with swimming. Once you focus on the drowning prevention techniques, you can get them enrolled in swim classes where they’ll learn freestyle and other swimming strokes.

Tips for Success

You can incorporate a few tips for success when you start teaching your child to swim. Don’t assume that an infant can’t learn. At as young as 6 months old, you can start introducing your child to the water. If you’re still potty training your child but want to get them introduced to the water, don’t forget swim diapers. Be sure that you find a class that works for your child. You may want to get them into a group so that they can gain confidence amongst their peers or private lessons if they have fears or special needs.

In the end, your kids can benefit significantly from swim lessons. It’s easier to be around water knowing your kids understand how not to drown than to simply avoid water.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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