How to Use Swimming Lessons to Protect Your Child From Drowning  

by Pool Builders on 02-23-2014 in Articles

Our planet is 90% water. Our bodies are 75% water. We use it all the time, all around us. Clearly, there is no way to stay away from water. We cannot even choose not to get in it, since we need it to get clean. However, why would we want to get away from water? It is a whole lot of fun and that is one of the main reasons why you should enrol your child in swimming lessons. That and the fact that it is an essential safety feature.

Too many babies and children die each year through drowning. More and more of us have pools at home, and the reality is that it takes but a few seconds of distraction for a child to escape, fall in it and drown. This is a parent's worst nightmare. Worryingly enough, it can happen if you don't have a pool as well. Indeed, a quick phone call when your child is having a bath can be enough for them to drown.

Fear is created very early on in life. If you instil in your child that water is dangerous, they will start to grow afraid of it, rather than learning that they can enjoy it in a safe manner. Did you know that 15% of people worldwide are afraid of water? And did you know that our only inborn fears are a fear of falling and a fear of loud noises? This means that more than one in ten of us are taught to be afraid of water through external factors!

If you introduce your baby to water from an early age, they will get used to it very quickly. Don't forget that your child spent nine months fully submerged, so they actually find it a comfortable environment. The only time they will start to be afraid of it is if you always worryingly pull them away, or reflect your own fears onto them. You have to get over this, because your fear will not benefit your child in any way.

Think of your child's future as well. What will you do when your child grows up and their friends want to go swimming, but they can't go along? Or if they want to go for a beach holiday? And even if your child seems to have no desire for playing in water, what will you do if they accidentally slip and fall in a pond, or play in the surf and get hit by a huge wave? What will you do then? None of this will be an issue if you simply enrol them in swimming lessons from a young age.

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