Swim Instruction

According to the American Red Cross, learning to swim, while eventually an important factor in reducing the risk of drowning, is neither an adequate nor sufficient means for preventing drowning especially among children younger than 5 years old.

Most Learn to Swim programs agree that infants and young children can start swim lessons for the purpose of building readiness and water acclamation on an individual basis.

Parent concerns regarding early swim readiness programs should be discussed with the child’s pediatrician or physician.

The most recent statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics on swimming states there is no evidence that aquatic experiences prior to the first year of age provide any longstanding, persistent benefits either to skill acquisition or to reduce the risk of drowning.
Read the entire American Academy of Pediatrics water safety statement

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