Did you know that September is National Baby Safety Month? Every year, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors this special month to help educate and remind parents and caregivers on important best safety practices and prevention tips when it comes to raising a healthy baby. One way parents and caregivers can ensure safety for little ones is enrolling them in an Infant Aquatics swimming program.
The Infant Aquatics swimming program at Texas Swim Academy is an effective style of baby swimming lessons that equips your child with the necessary skills to survive in the water. With the guidance of a certified instructor, you child begins to learn the roll-back-to-float method, and then build upon more advanced swimming skills as he or she progresses.
With this program, babies as young as six months of age can learn valuable water safety and survival skills that save lives. Tune into the video below to learn more about the Infant Aquatics swimming program at Texas Swim Academy:
Even after parents and caregivers watch our videos of babies as young as 6 months old confidently swimming underwater, rolling, and floating, many are still in disbelief that these things are not only possible for very young children but natural. How do these underwater babies do it!? It’s a well-studied phenomenon called “the diving reflex” that everyone interested in child water safety should learn about.
The diving reflex is properly called the “bradycardic response” and is an instinctive survival reflex common to many mammals, including humans. When an infant’s head is submerged, their natural reaction is to hold their breath. At the same time, their body reacts defensively: heart rate slows and blood is directed to circulate mostly between critical organs. All of these together allow infants to survive submerged much longer than adults in the same situation.
The gag reflex that causes babies to automatically hold their breath is the one most important to teaching swimming and water survival skills. Babies as young as six months old can also learn to respond to visual and spoken cues to know when to hold their breath, roll over in the water, and initiate a back float. They can even be taught basic strokes to help them swim underwater. The diving reflex is just the beginning and is used to build several skills that create safe and confident underwater babie
Babies who can perform basic water survival skills, including the roll-back-to-float, are much safer in and around the water. There are no disadvantages to starting early: very young children can learn to swim underwater, and improve their safety in the water.
Worried about your baby swimming underwater? There is nothing to fear as long as you have an experienced and trained Infant Aquatic Survival instructor supervising your child. Believe me, I’ve been at this for ten years and it works every time.
Infant Aquatics is a program based in child development and classical conditioning. Children are able to learn essential survival skills that are needed to allow your child to save his or her own life in case of an emergency. Children as young as six months old can learn the roll-to-float method, where children are taught to hold their breath underwater, kick in the water, turn over, and float on their back until help arrives, regardless of water depth or amount of time. More than just a program that creates a safe environment for your child to feel comfortable in the water, it has the ability to teach your child to swim and survive.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about the Infant Aquatics program offered at Texas Swim Academy: