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Health benefits of swimming

Swimming is an extremely healthy, low-impact activity that has so many mental and physical health benefits.

Why is swimming good for me?
Swimming is a low impact form of exercise which is accessible to people of all ages and sizes. Swimming provides a great cardiovascular workout as well as a whole body workout which includes your arms, back and shoulders. Swimming is also known to assist people of any age with asthma, however, if you are suffering with asthma you should speak to your doctor about swimming before diving into strenuous pool activities.

When should children learn to swim?
There are many different guidelines and options when it comes to when your child should start swimming, for example, the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) recommends that your infant can start a program at about four months of age. This will give your infant enough time to allow a medical history to develop, the infants immune system to strengthen and bonding to occur.

When learning to swim, becoming confident and familiar with water is very important for you and your infant. Swimming skills, especially among children, are fundamental to every individual's safety. This ensures that they will have the ability to survive in and around water. Even if your child is confident in the pool, you should never overlook proper adult supervision. 35 children between the ages of 0-14 have drowned in Australia between July 2014 and June 2015. Believe it or not, swimming pools were one of the leading locations for drowning in this age group and most of these drownings occurred after the child had fallen into the water. Bathing had also claimed the lives of three children in 2014.

Researchers have discovered that children who swim are actually smarter! The research shows us that young children who had participated in swimming, achieved a much wider range of skills earlier than the normal population.

At Swim Baby we pride ourselves in being one of the very best infant and baby swimming schools in Ballito. Contact us or visit our website on www.swimbaby.co.za to get your little one ready for the water.

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