Are you a parent that teaches their own children to swim or prefer swim lessons? Swimming with my children children is one of my favorite things to do, but swimming is my favorite and not teaching the basics of swimming. I also have felt that kids can learn a little more water safety from an instructor, which leaves us with pure playtime in the pool.
- A 2009 U.S. study found an 88 percent reduction in drowning risk in kids ages 1 to 4 who had taken swimming lessons.
- A child under the age of 5 is 14 times more likely to drown than to die in a car accident.
- A child can drown in just a few inches of water, silently, and in a matter of seconds.
- Of preschoolers who drown, the vast majority (70 percent) are in the care of at least one parent. Of pool drownings among preschoolers, 98 percent occur in the child’s pool or the pool of a friend, neighbor or relative. (National Center for Injury Prevention & Control)
- For every child who drowns, another four are hospitalized, and 16 receive emergency department care for near-drowning. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Children are 100 times more likely to die from a swimming pool than from a gun. (Dr. Steven D. Levitt, University of Chicago)
Las Vegas is an area where pools are a necessity to survive our hot summers. First, if we stayed indoors all day, our A/C bills would be thousands and second after the initial big expense of installing a pool… its free entertainment. We have a pool in our backyard so swimming lessons is mandatory. I have had all 5 kids in lessons beginning at around 2-3 years old.
If you live in the Henderson / Las Vegas, Nevada area I have found that All Star Swim Academy fits my needs perfectly. If you are searching for a swim academy, I highly recommend taking a tour and meeting the instructors.
What’s the Benefit of Early Swim Lessons?
Infant and toddler aquatic programs are very popular for both parents and kids. They are such a good way to teach kids to enjoy being in the water and teach kids and parents about how to be safe around the water. It is important to keep in mind that swim lessons will not eliminate the risk of a child drowning and adult supervision should be maintained at all times. Some studies have found that “some drowning prevention skills can be learned” by younger children.
Will starting swim lessons early help your child learn to swim faster? Maybe not. An older study on children‘s readiness for learning front crawl swimming showed that whether kids started lessons at 2, 3 or 4 years of age, they learned to swim well at approximately the same mean age of 5 1/2 years.
Starting swim lessons at younger ages can help lesson certain fears that children can develop around the water.
Learning to Swim is Important
Having your child learn to swim gives yourself and family a sense of peace and comfort. The AAP notes that drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the pediatric age group.
Even having a fence around our pool has never put my anxiety to ease 100%.
Safety in the Pool
Safety is not an option around the pool or body of water. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children, this should be your number one priority. Swimming lessons do not mean your child will NOT drown. You must continue to use all safety precautions.
Make sure there is always a gate or pool barrier around if you have or people around have young children. Also make sure that no one props open the gate.
You should never turn your back on a child in the water. Always always keep your eyes on them as well as to be in arms length. Even if your child is wearing floaties or flotation device, children are still able to either get out of them, not fit properly, or they can be defective.