Good reasons for teaching babies to swim
JWSS starts infant swimming lessons for children aged over 2-6 months. Children at 2-6 months old have better head and neck control allowing for more activities during formal swimming lessons. Research has shown numerous benefits for infants who enrol into lessons at a younger age.
- Babies can exercise more muscles in the water, they are less restricted by gravity and their ability to sit or stand.
- Swimming improves babies cardiovascular fitness.
- Water helps improve coordination and balance by forcing babies to move bilaterally to maintain their equilibrium.
- Warm water combined with gentle exercise relaxes and stimulates babies appetites. They usually eat and sleep better on swimming days.
- Learning to swim is not only a fun, healthy activity but a safety measure as well. (Every fortnight in Australia - approximately three children under five years of age drown).