Swimming lessons are one of the few life saving interventions we can do for our children.
Drowning is still the leading cause of accidental death of children aged under 5 years according to Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018. This means its incredibly important to teach children skills to swim safer and educate adults on how they can reduce the risk.
Regular, formal swimming lessons can be started with babies as young as 4 and 5 months old. By this age babies are able to regulate their body temperature for the duration of a 30 minute class. It is a great time to start water familiarization and a great opportunity for parents and carers to connect with their babies.
Research also suggests that early swimming lessons can lead to better physical, cognitive and linguistic development in children. A 3-year study conducted in 2012 by Griffith University surveyed almost 7,000 parents with children under five and examined whether participation in early swimming lessons impacted subsequent milestones in child development.
The results showed a clear correlation between children who participated in early swimming lessons and the development of a range of physical skills, meeting a number of developmental milestones earlier than their peers.
In addition, according to the American Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning.
Paul Sadler Swimland Melton is just a 7 min drive from Thornhill Park Estate and offers classes from 4 months old right through to Adults, with 4 & 5 month old babies swimming for free. There’s never been a better time to start lessons!
Often, a question for parents with children in pre-school or primary school is ‘when do you stop lessons?’. Parents will often say ‘I’ll stop lessons when my child can swim’, however this can be an ambiguous statement. Studies show that many parents overestimate their children’s abilities in regards to swimming and therefore exit swimming lessons too soon, only to find by the time their children finish primary school, their skills have declined.
The transition from swimming pools to open water is considerable – with 1km in the pool being the equivalent to around 100m in the open water. Children who appear strong swimmers in pools can still be at risk in the open water. Children who can reach distance swims of 1km or more will have both the skills and poise to manage the open water more confidently.
Paul Sadler Swimland prides themself on being the Survival Specialists. Their program is specifically designed to teach children the survival skills they need to be safer swimmers. They spend a minimum of 10 minutes per class in deep water, where they teach treading water, deep water recovery (safety circle), mobility on front and back until children have achieved 2 minutes treading water. They will then continue to build on these skills and help swimmers reach their Swordy 1km swim.
Paul Sadler Swimland have put together an exclusive offer for all Thornhill Park residents who book a FREE assessment in the month of May (2019) to go into the draw to win one free term!