1 Year Old Swimming: New Guidelines Say Start Swim Lessons

Pediatrics advise that children should begin 1 year old swimming lessons

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that children should begin 1 year old swimming lessons.

In the U.S., drowning is the top cause of injury-related death among youngsters between 1 and 4 years old. Even at such a young age, children can begin learning the building blocks of swimming. It is recommended to hire a certified instructor, though, for very young children, the parent should go in the water as well. Note also that swimming aids, such as water wings, are believed to provide a false sense of security.

image of a baby being held up by two hands out of the pool doing 1 Year Old Swimming lessons
1 Year Old Swimming

Key Takeaways:

  • According to new AAP water safety guidelines, children should begin swim lessons at age 1.
  • According to the USA Swimming Foundation, formal swim lessons can decrease the risk of drowning by about 88 percent.
  • Teach young children to kick, blow bubbles, and float on their backs.

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"Though Joseph and her husband, Bryon Thornburgh, now call landlocked Denver home, both their daughter, Sierra, 6, and 4-year-old son, Declan, were enrolled in swimming lessons before they were out of diapers. "Swimming is an essential life skill," Joseph says."

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/new-guidelines-say-kids-should-start-swim-lessons-around-age-1-heres-what-to-look-for/2019/05/27/73f68286-781f-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html

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