Baby swimming lessons have been proven through research to help develop impressive skills for later life.
A university study has demonstrated those baby swimmers, when compared to non baby swimmers, have better balance and grasp objects more easily than non-swimmers. At birth a baby’s brain is unfinished (we like to think of it as a computer, they are born with the hard ware but need experience from the environment to form the wires for the software).
Movement and physical activity play a huge role in creating nerve connections in the brain and of course in water a baby has complete ‘unrestricted movement’. These connections provide the foundations of learning in the early years and even for school. The more a baby practices early movement skills the stronger these brain connections will be.
Research has shown that swimming can help babies and young children meet early milestones quicker, as well as having better oral expression, and performed higher in the general areas of literacy and numeracy. Compared to non-swimming peers they also have improved gross and fine motor skills as well balance and co-ordination.
Science Daily (Nov. 16, 2012) — Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm (Swimming Teacher’s Association)
Researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research surveyed parents of 7000 under-fives from Australia, New Zealand and the US over three years. Professor Jorgensen found ‘young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population’. According to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology this difference is evident in schools where baby swimmers have better fine motor skills and co-ordination.
Baby swimming is also great to enhance bonding and meet new mums. Swimtots has developed a specific class for newborns (under 12 weeks). The class involves teaching the holds, making mum feel confident in the water with the baby but also some gentle exercise to build self confidence again. Swimtots offer a free lesson to all new babies less than 12 weeks of age.
Swimtots has developed its lesson to enhance this development and bonding experience. Many swim moves promote skin to skin contact, closeness, trust and touch. The lessons are fun, relaxed and baby and child led. Swimtots is a STA Star Swim School and holds the Bronze STAmark – demonstrating our commitment to providing the best training possible.
Babies can be very over stimulated in today’s busy world. Large cold pools are not conducive to learning. Swimtots uses small warm pools were the environment is calm, welcoming and sensory enhancing.
Swimtots starts in Norfolk in January. We currently have a special introductory offer of 25% off all lessons if booked before 31 Dec. We also provide free tasters. For more information see our website at www.swimtots.net or call 07580351058.
About The Author
Sarah is the Founder and Director of Swimtots. She has been swimming for over 30 years and has represented her country in swimming. Her passion is Open Water and Long Distance swimming.
She has been a swimming instructor for more than 20 years and specialises in babies and Special Needs Instruction. One of her students went on to represent Great Britain in the Special Olympics.
Sarah is a qualified STA Baby and Pre-School teacher, STA teacher and is an ASA Instructor and Coach. She is the Safeguarding Designated person. She has taught her 5 year old son to swim and is now teaching her second son to swim through the Swimtots programme.