I’m a big believer in infant swimming for increasing a child’s confidence and preparing them for any dangerous encounters with water. Infant swimming allows children to get a head start on important developmental and water survival skills while also providing some lesser known benefits.
Aquatic lessons offer infants mobility within the water that they cannot acquire on land. Many children are extremely mobile within the water even before they can walk. The ability to move and take control over their own body gives an infant a newfound self-awareness that can be incredibly valuable to a growing mind. This also ties into the brain development of an infant child.
Connecting Language and Action
Swimming lessons teach children the connection between language and action. When swimming, a child will learn that the command for kick is associated with the physical motion of kicking. This will jumpstart a child’s verbal development and help them associate verbal language with physical cues. Associating meaning with words is one of the biggest barriers to learning language for many children.
Infants in swimming classes will learn to interact with other infants through a shared activity. This bond goes beyond simply playing together. Though infants may not directly interact with each other during the swimming activity, they will be aware that they are all taking part in the same class. This will be invaluable practice for their future, as they will already be exposed to classes and a school setting before they enter into an educational environment.
Infant aquatic is an excellent and healthy activity for any child. If you’re interested in infant aquatic lessons, you can discuss them with a professional to find out more about how they can help. Infant aquatics lessons are especially useful for special needs children.
Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Master Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.