Give Your Child Swimming Lessons - A True Gift for Life   by Kim Thomas

by Pool Builders on 03-19-2014 in Articles

If you want to give your child a gift that they will enjoy for the rest of their life and that has the potential to keep them healthy and safe, you should give them the gift of swimming lessons. Learning how to swim, some say, is as important as learning how to walk.

Did you know that the second most common cause of child (under the age of 14) deaths is drowning? In first place is car accidents, and we do everything we can to protect our children in cars, so why don't we do everything we can to protect our children in water as well? This really demonstrates why it is so important to make sure your child enrols in swimming lessons.

Children have a natural curiosity towards water and they don't know that it can be dangerous. When we think of drowning, we think of panic and splashing but research has shown that children are actually very calm and quiet when they drown. Hence, you can't even expect to see it happening. The worst thing is that most children who drown do so in a very near vicinity to an adult.

Some Frightening Statistics

There are a number of places where drowning is common. The first is the bathtub, which is the leading place for babies. A child left unattended for just a few moments can drown very quickly. Toddlers fall victim to backyard ponds and pools. Most of the time, parents report they lost track of their children for less than five minutes before they drowned. It is also very common for these types of things to happen in large bodies of water, like lakes and the sea.

These statistics really demonstrate how important it is to teach your child how to swim sooner rather than later. It can literally mean the difference between life and death. You can teach them yourself if you can't afford lessons or don't have any classes nearby as well. Remember that your child is never too young to learn how to swim, but that they aren't developmentally ready to swim on their own until they are four years old. Additionally, nobody is too old to learn how to swim, so make sure you get in on the action yourself if need be too.

Swimming really is the gift of life. Additionally, it is a lot of fun and it helps in a child and adult's social and physical development. What more could you want?

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