Recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics swimming lessons should be given for all children age 4 or older. The one should not begin swimming lessons until the kids turn 4 years old formally they used to recommend this., the children at the age that are thought to be "developmentally ready" for swim lessons.
Physical fitness:It is the most obvious one. It is obvious that swimming uses the entire body, thus it is an amazing aerobic workout for your child. It needs some skill so that it improves the posture and balance. It also uses all the limbs to improve the flexibility. It is not a monotonous exercise. It is lot of fun to do. And it can be done with friends or anybody.
- Better health:Swimming is great for cardio vascular health this means it is great for a healthy lungs and heart. It keeps obesity at check, thereby promoting lower risk of juvenile diabetics, betters metabolism and overall better health.
- Safety:It is very necessary for any individual (child or adult) to know how to stay safe if fallen into a water body. Whether your child likes swimming or not, it is a important skill to master so that he can remain safe in and around water bodies.
- Coordination:While a good swimmer would make swimming look effortless and gracious, in reality, it requires a lot of synchronization and coordination between your arm movement, leg movement, overall body movement and breathing. The coordination skills your child masters while swimming will help improve his overall great motor skills.
- Confidence:It definitely gives your child a lot of confidence to know that he can jump into the pool with his friends and swim! Moreover, research shows that the buoyancy in water can promote calmness and better emotional and mental health.
- Sometimes or most of the times, your child might be too small for the pool. While there are coaching classes for kids as small as 6 months, experts believe that a child cannot be an expert swimmer until he/she is 6 or 7. So the perfect ideal time to start classes would be 4 or 5.
- Another problem is barring summer every year, the cold pool water can cause some diseases like cold and cough and also fever. Temperature controlled pools solve this problem, but it is not very widespread.
- The chemicals in pool water and the ones used to clean pool (mainly chlorine) can result in toxic gas that swimmers breathe in just over the surface of pool water. This is known to lead to asthma which is cautious for health.
- Finally, when we put multiple children into a single pool that is often cleaned only once in a week or sometimes more than that, it can lead to spread of contagious diseases.
Here are some precautions you and your child need to keep in mind while going for a swim.
- However confident you are, do not let your child go for a swim alone. There has to be someone (adults or friends) to watch over.
- One should always follow the pool rules. There should be no exceptions.
- Ensure your child wears proper swimming gears. A swimwear is absolutely necessary. Be wary of fancy swimming floats. Many of them are not as safe as they look and can lead to avoidable accidents.
- Teach them about how swimming in a pool is different from the same in an ocean or a river. For instance, the river bed will not be flat as a pool. Also, there might be rocks underneath making diving a not-so-good idea.
- Learn CPR. Whether your child knows swimming or not, there can still be accidents and you need to know CPR in case of an emergency.