*Did you know that 41% of children and 17.4% of adults go swimming each year in the United States? This makes swimming the third most popular sport in the United States today. When you include activities that require some level of aquatic safety training such as S.C.U.B.A., surfing, snorkeling, Water Polo, synchronized swimming, jet skiing and paddle boarding (all very popular sports in the Southern California area), swimming becomes the one sport that leads to more recreational and competitive activities than any other.
Researchers have reported that infant/toddler swimming lessons can and will increase physical, emotional, and social growth. The weightless environment provides a perfect environment for freedom of movement that cannot be had in any other physical activity.
Cognitive development is increased due to the greater amount of stimulation uniquely offered through swim lessons. We have found that infants and toddlers who are in swim lessons routinely reach developmental milestones at younger ages and with greater proficiency than the national averages project. This also holds true for children 12 months and above. The effects of swim lessons for older children vary from increased levels of motor development (both gross and fine), and coordination to greater confidence and levels of concentration in school studies as well as other sports.
*All statistics provided by the CDC (www.CDC.gov)
How big is the problem?
In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) in the United States, averaging ten deaths per day. An additional 496 people died from drowning in boating-related incidents.
More than one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. 1 For every child who dies from drowning, another four received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
More than 55% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for higher levels of care (compared to a hospitalization rate of 3-5% for all unintentional injuries). 1 These injuries can be severe.
Nonfatal drownings can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
Children: Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2007, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, almost 30% died from drowning. 1 Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.
Why Start Young?
At Watersafe Swim School, we believe that aquatic safety should be taught using the same concepts, strategies, and techniques you use at home.
Small steps taught with great love can change a young child’s world.
As your baby grows, they will learn to roll over before they crawl and crawl before they can walk.
At Watersafe Swim School, these same small steps are employed in the water where we will teach your baby to:
* hold their breath before going underwater
* roll comfortably onto their back and breath easily before they learn to jump in
* kick and roll back to the wall before they attempt to swim laps across the pool
Why start so young?
* learning to swim and be safe around the water is MOST important between the ages of 0-4 years old.
* the process of learning to roll and float goes hand-in-hand with process of learning to walk.
* the water offers an opportunity for your baby to experiment with and develop gross motor skills in a weightless environment which has been scientifically proven to help in overall physical and mental development