I’m married to a man whose resume boasts “lifeguard” as one of his many jobs prior to a “big boy” job. This means that learning how to swim is not optional in our house. It’s a must. Heck, we even took our dog, Mr. Feeny, out in attempts to teach him to swim in his early days as part of the family.
Our daughter is currently enrolled in her second round of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School and I don’t know who is having more fun- her or my husband and I! The teachers at Goldfish are patient, energetic and knowledgeable. As a teacher myself, I realize the importance of quality instructors and organized, well-executed curriculum. All of these things help to ensure that Quinn gets the most out of each lesson. It also doesn’t hurt that the water is super warm! Read more about why we love Goldfish.
Though we are all having a blast with swim lessons, we are quickly realizing that there are so many benefits to starting swim lessons at an early age!
10 Benefits to Swim Lessons at an Early Age
1.Water safety- Participating in formal swim lessons is said to reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88%. Teaching basic safety and prevention goes a long way when it comes to children being around any kind of water, be it a bath tub, pool, lake or ocean.
2. Confidence- Watching Quinn grow in her confidence has been a true joy. It didn’t happen over night, but she is so proud of herself! Each lesson leads her to more independence and new skills.
3. Empowering Parents- Knowing that my daughter is not only having fun, but learning an essential skill is so encouraging as a parent. I have also learned some tips and tricks that I can now use in order to help equip Quinn with the skills that she needs in order to continue to gain confidence and independence in the pool.
4. Reduce or eliminate fear- Quinn has gone from not being able to release her death-grip around our necks to jumping off of the side of the pool all by herself. Regardless of whether she continues to enjoy swimming or not, we agreed that we did not want her to be afraid of that water. Starting her in lesson early seemed to minimize her anxiety and fear or the water.
5. Motor Development – Early swim lessons have been proven to have a positive impact on both cognitive development and motor skills. Swim lessons can help with balance and coordination. Birth through age 5 is essential for cognitive development and thus the more engagement and interaction during this time the better.
6. Social Development- Swim lessons are a great way to meet other kids and parents that are roughly the same age. It also models various social relationships and interactions with peers as well as teachers.
7. Learn to take direction- Quinn has had to learn to take direction and guidance from other adults during swim lessons. From time to time the instructor will take her and show us something or try to get Quinn to do a certain task. She has gradually become more comfortable with various instructors and is learning to listen to other adults. Often times she listens to the instructors even better than she does to Mama and Daddy!
8. Way to get energy out– Need I say more? Even though lessons are only 30 minutes, Quinn is inevitably exhausted afterwards. We typically do the 7pm lessons, followed by a quick shower (thankfully Goldfish has showers, hair dryers and super convenient family changing rooms) and put Q directly into PJs. Most weeks we barely make it out of the parking lot before Quinn is asleep.
9. Foundational skills– I love that swim lessons build on themselves. Quinn began lessons when she was only 9 months old. Now at 19 months, she is building on the skills that she worked on nearly a year ago. Though it will be a while before she is swimming on her own, we are so thankful for her growing confidence and skill.
10. Bonding activity for parents and child- Young children taking lessons have to be accompanied by a parent. Ryan and I take turns getting to swim with Quinn during lessons. It’s a treat for us, as it’s a time to bond and connect in a fun and unique way. We treasure the time we get with her as we know that some day far too soon she won’t need our help anymore.
We are so thankful for all that Quinn has learned already and can’t wait for years of swim lessons to come. Thank you Goldfish for helping us to learn while also making memories.