We all know the huge benefits of swimming but why should baby or toddler swim ? Is it necessary? By nature, babies are familiar with water since they were fetus, with a sense of clam, feeling comfortable and relax in the right temperature environment. They are able to swim and float easily because of more fat, lesser tissue and weight; they can also hold their breath as a natural reaction. Most of the babies open their eyes under water because they do not know self-protection, and they might swallow periodically because they cannot split. Thus, if we can control the hygiene and temperature of the water, there is no other reason not to let your babies or toddlers swim.
Children less than 1 year old will get use to water more easily, while grown children will be more afraid and if they have been kept away from water,
This is called “Hydrophobia”.
- Building of Water Familiarisation and decrease Hydrophobia
- Learning of Water Safety, Safe entry & Exit
Physical, Mental & Brain Development and Sensory Exploration
- Physical aspect: keeps them healthy and strong, activates for lung, heart, body movement, improve muscles development and co-ordination to be ready for standing and walking, learning many senses (and sensation thereof) such as, Physical sensation by touching and holding of parents, hands and feet movement, Visual sensation by seeing and observing movement of teacher and parents, Audio sensation by hearing and listening to a command, speaking, voice of teacher, parents and other sounds. In addition to that, it helps to promote a better eating and sleeping pattern.
- Mind and Emotion aspect: our activities balance the swimming and fun for children and parents to be happy and joyful; maintain an element of cheerfulness, liveliness, concentration, patience and socialisation.
Improving co-ordination and practicing balance
Improve organs co-ordination & Balance i.e. paddling together with kicking, holding breathe with diving.
Creating a sense of Confidence and Self Esteem by the independent movement in water
Bonding of family
Building water familiarisation and learning swimming are not the activities for health and fun only, but most importantly for safety.
- Survival Skill
- Teaching young children for swimming skills, helps improve the basic learning basic of primary swimming.
Babies and Toddlers swimming lessons has been popular and well known in many countries because it is not only an activity for health or fun but also “safety”. In Thailand, it is fairly new and not familiar due to the difference in culture and nature.
It is sad to know that the death toll from drowning has hit a high rate of 4,000 people per year, with 1,420 of them being children under the age of 15. This brings the average to 4 people per day, ranking the highest compare to other causes of death such as infection and non-infection diseases. (Data from the Ministry of Public Health)