Hidden Benefits of Infant Aquatics

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.

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Developing Self-Awareness

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.

Social Development

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.

Texas Swim Academy Infant Aquatics Katy

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.

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What to Look for in an Infant Aquatics Class

While all infant aquatics classes can be beneficial to your child, there are some things you should look for when considering a new class. A negative experience with water early on in your child’s life can form impressions that will last a lifetime. If your instructor is not experienced, your child could be at risk both physically and psychologically.

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Qualified Instruction

Anyone can claim to be an instructor of infant aquatics, but the true professionals will be certified. An instructor that has a health background and professional qualifications is far preferable over someone who teaches a class in their spare time. Those with medical backgrounds are even better because they can intervene if an emergency occurs.

Small Class Sizes

Infants can be very unpredictable, and water can be dangerous. You should be wary of any aquatics classes that have too many infants. Not only could your infant be at risk, but there’s also no guarantee that your child will be given the individual attention he or she needs to flourish.

The Right Environment

Children have less developed immune systems than adults. A pool that will be used for infant instruction should be kept to very high standards. Additionally, the pool should always be between 82 to 92 degrees. While this may seem warm, it’s vital that the temperature be kept in this range. Young infants cannot yet control their body’s internal temperature the way adults can. A warm temperature also relaxes infants and helps them learn.

As with all things, you should pay attention to your gut. If, at any time, you feel that your child’s infant aquatics class is not being handled properly you should consider enrolling them in a different class. Children are extremely impressionable, and it can be surprising what they will retain.

Texas Swim Academy Katy Texas Infant Aquatics

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.

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