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The Best Time to Start Swimming Lessons for Children

There are various schools of thought when it comes to what age children should start to have swimming lessons. There is no right or wrong answer and there are many classes available for babies as young as six months. These baby and toddler swim classes go a long way in ensuring little ones aren’t afraid of the water and to give them confidence when they start more structured classes.

At Swansea Sharks Swim School, we run classes from the age of three and up as we believe that this is when children are "developmentally ready" for swim lessons, whether they’ve been to baby classes or not. If the children are under three, Sharks advise parents to take them themselves and play around to get them used to the water and to build confidence.

Safety Around Water

Swimming lessons are a good way of teaching children to enjoy being in the water and importantly, they also teach the children and their parents to be safe around water.

Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill. However, parents should be mindful that swimming lessons don’t necessarily decrease a young child’s risk of drowning and are not a substitute for adult supervision around water.

That said, there’s nothing more pleasurable than going on holiday with your children and watching them jump in and out of the hotel pool or sea, knowing they feel safe in the knowledge that they can swim.

Additional Benefits of Swimming Lessons

Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves. But it is not just fun, swimming also provides loads of health benefits which can help to keep your children active and happy at the same time.

Swimming lessons help to keep your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improve strength and flexibility, increase stamina and even improve balance and posture.

Another great thing about swimming is that children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport.

Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities. And your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.

Other Water Sports

Health, fun, and confidence are not the only reasons why your child should learn to swim. The ability to swim also opens the door to a range of other activities such as kayaking, surfing, sailing and, of course, triathlon which is growing in popularity in the UK among adults and children alike.

And think about some of our most famous Olympians, diving champion Tom Daley, swimmer Liam Tancock or sailor Helen Macarthur, they could not compete in these sports if they couldn’t swim.

Swansea Sharks Swim School

The teachers at Swansea Sharks Swim School speak to many parents who assume that as their child is doing swimming at school they can swim, but this isn’t always the case. Schools face huge challenges when it comes to swimming lessons, which are often only weekly and during certain terms, if they take place at all.

At Sharks, we teach children to swim properly and with enough confidence so if they fell, fully clothed, into water which could be cold and have currents, they would have a very good chance of survival.

What’s more our classes are good value for money, with children able to progress quickly to a minimum standard and then take swimming even further should they wish, through our Swansea Sharks Development Club.

We also run the Swansea Trisharks Triathlon Club which provides triathlon training for children and young adults.

To find out more about swimming lessons or our other schools, call us today on 01792 202795.

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