Is It Really Possible to Teach a Baby How to Swim?  

by Pool Builders on 01-22-2014 in Articles

Parents often automatically think that introducing their baby to water is dangerous. After all, they are unable to swim and could very easily drown. However, the reality is that a baby has just spent nine months fully submerged in water, so they actually feel incredibly comfortable and safe when they are in water. Indeed, the fact that more and more women opt to have a water birth demonstrates even further how much babies love water. For the first few seconds of their life, they are able to breathe under water, and for the first few weeks of their life, they are able to stop breathing if they put their heads under water.

Most local pools and leisure centres offer baby swimming lessons. People are trained especially to deliver these classes. This is also because it is known that teaching a child how to swim is incredibly important, and the earlier the better. This is due to a variety of reasons.

Firstly, as diligent as a parent as you may be, you cannot always keep your eye on your children. Unfortunately, it takes but a blink of an eye for a child to escape and fall into a pool, pond, creek or other body of water. Unfortunately, many children die this way every year. By teaching your child to swim as soon as possible, you could prevent this from happening.

You do have to make sure, however, that both you and your baby feel comfortable and safe during the lessons. You should be able to attend your pool and observe a lesson to take a look at how things are done. This will give you a good idea about whether or not you would feel safe with your child. Unfortunately, however, these lessons are often quite expensive. The alternative is to invest in a good training DVD and teach your baby yourself.

More and more parents are turning towards these DVDs, as it gives them the peace of mind of knowing that their children are safe near water, without having to pay so much that there is no chance the child will ever go to college or university. Most professionals would agree that going to actual lessons is a much better idea, not in the least because instructors have actually been trained in how to deliver classes and make sure children pick it up. However, doing it yourself is a very viable alternative and certainly one that is better than not teaching them to swim at all.

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