At Sea Otter Swim Lessons we teach that swimming is for life. We believe it’s never too early to teach even the youngest swimmer how to be safer in and around the water. We start lessons at four months old and believe that the earlier you start, the more benefits you will see. Attending swim lessons at an early age promotes a respect and awareness of the water. Very young swimmers learn safety skills leaving them less likely to panic in a water-related incident. When you start an infant in swim lessons between 4 and 6 months, they may not have learned to fear the water yet. Transitioning them to being comfortable in the water is a natural progression at this early age, which contributes to teaching them not to panic in water emergencies later. Infants can also have a natural reflex to hold their breath. Here are some other important things you and your child will benefit from when starting lessons early.
Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle
Early swim lessons promote a healthy lifestyle and strong foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in water sports and recreation.
You may witness improvement in your child’s coordination, strength, balance, and muscle development which correlates with overall physical development. Research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows that baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. -Medical News Today
Participating in Parent/Tot classes can be a special bonding experience with your child while setting an important example of a healthy attitude about the water.
Early swim lessons encourage important social skills such as following instructions, interacting with others, waiting their turn, group participation, teamwork, and taking praise from others.