Importance of Taking Swimming Classes When Young

by Pool Builders on 11-13-2008 in Articles

While swimming is not really one of the strengths of us as the upright walking mammal, many people have been sending their kids to swimming lessons, some as young as 6 months.

Yes, 6 month old babies are floating around the water with their parents watching as they giggle and bubble. While this is not a traditional age for kids to start swimming, many swimming instructors often recommend that they should start as young as 3 years old for many physical and psychological reasons.

This article will dive right into the topic of swimming lessons and tell you exactly why kids should start at the shallow end of the pool as early as 3. Psychologists attribute that a lot of fears that blossom in adulthood actually gets developed in the cerebrum at a very young age.

This could be due to reasons of unfamiliarity or even bad associations that was placed in the subconscious at a young age. Many actually say that the root of many adults who have a fear of water actually can be traced to the fact that they were not introduced to the water when they were young or had an event or bad experience that had to do with water. This is why they insist actually that kids at a tender age should get to the pool and start getting a sensory experience with the water. With the parents together with them, swimming at age 3 is usually a happy event and that is what the association should be like. Then fear of water which many mental experts call an unnatural fear should not even have the chance of developing. Not being able to swim when you are an adult is actually something of a disability, socially and physically.

Also when they are young they associate fun with something of a sport. Swimming is great exercise, it develops the muscles all over the body and promotes upper and lower body strength. It also promotes burning of calories and sets your kids into a mindset of exercise from young. Once it becomes a habit, which is cognitively more likely when they are young, the habit stays with them till they get older. Also, swimming depends a lot on the physical and starting them young means they get progressively better and having strong swimming skills when they get into their early teens can actually be a life saver - or a skill that could save a life.

The entire topic actually just rests on the issue of early mental and physical development, as well as promoting the health effects of swimming to the young kids. When something is good, it should always be inculcated early into a child, and some parents have taken this to quite an extreme of moving them from the fluid environment of the womb to the watery environment of a children's pool. These are some very issues that force the importance of taking swimming classes when young. If you have a child, I advise you to start him or her early. You will not regret it.

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