In the summer, everyone wants to go to the beach and pool to cool off. Especially if you live in places like South Florida where the temperatures can easily get to the high 90’s. If you have children, the idea of a pool and beach can be concerning for most. A lot of children do not know how to swim and this causes many drowning accidents in a year. Did you know that it takes 30 seconds for your child to drown? This is a scary statistic that parents should take into consideration and have their children enrolled in swimming classes.
The importance of swimming classes for kids
Not only does swimming classes help our kids with swimming but parents would be surprised that with these classes your child can improve their flexibility, agility, and will improve their self-esteem. Through weekly or daily swimming classes, your child can perfect the goal that the instructor can have for that specific lesson. For example: floating, grabbing the wall, and jumping into the water and rise quickly.
What is the best age to start swimming classes?
Now infant and toddler classes are becoming more popular since at such an early age, the kids can become familiar with the water and the best part is that the parents can also join. This can become a fun routine for you and your little one. But, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for all children age 4 or older. At this age, they are able to fully capture everything being taught and they can put to practice in case of an emergency.
Keep your kids safe!
As a parent, you always want to keep your child safe. One of the best ways we can help them is by enrolling them in a swimming class. This will help them become full swimmers where they can defend themselves in case they fall in the water or they are at the beach and run into a big wave. Having them in swimming classes also let’s you enjoy your day in the water too since you don’t have to worried of your child being in the water.
Benefits of swimming classes
We mentioned above some of the benefits of your child going to swimming classes. But there’s more! Swimming classes can also have health benefits that we don’t necessarily realize. Some of them include: improving their heart functions since swimming keeps their heart rate up and swimming helps your child maintain a healthy weight. We discussed the importance of being active in our other blog (choosing a sports class for your kids)
The next time you head out to the beach or pool keep in mind the importance of your child being comfortable in the water. Look into local programs offered in your city or enroll them in swimming companies that have many locations near you. They are very affordable and have a lot of flexibility for busy schedules.