Some swimming academies recommend swimming lessons for children aged 1 to 4 Years. Many recommend that a child does not begin formal lessons until they are at least 4 years old, the age that children are thought to be “developmentally ready” for swimming lessons.
However, they are not opposed to swimming lessons and aquatic program for children and preschoolers between the ages of 1 to 4 years old. We are not saying children under age 4 should have swimming lessons, but it is okay for parents (if they choose) to enroll their kids in a swimming program between ages 1 to 4.
When children are still young it might seem useless to take them for swimming lessons. But they can benefit a lot from swimming. The most important reason is that swimming is the only sport that can save a child’s life unlike other sports. Drowning is dangerous and it can lead to accidental death of a child, therefore a child learning to swim can help a lot in saving their lives.
The benefit of swimming lessons at an early age, are vast and they have many implications on a child’s development. Children are able to development and improve a variety of physical skills which include; hand-eye coordination, muscle tone and intelligent.
The corpus callosum which is the part of the mind that allows communication between the two hemispheres of the brain is particularly impacted, it is responsible for improving; reading skills of a child, language development, academic learning and spatial awareness.
Studies have shown that the majority children that learn how to swim from 4 years and older have improved self-control, a strong desire to succeed, better self-esteem and are more comfortable in social situations as opposed to children that did not learn how to swim.
Swimming also helps a lot with improving the self-confidence of a child and allows them to believe in themselves. Finally swimming for children is only important because it prevents children from drowning and gives them confidence but it is also loads of fun. Swimming also gives children courage in other activities as they develop and it’s a great way to keep your kids active and busy.