Learning to swim is crucial for children especially living in Florida. I remember taking lessons when I was in grade school. It gave me the confidence I needed to feel safe in the water. I want my boys to be comfortable in the water. I also want peace of mind in knowing that if they fell in or got into water without my knowledge that they would know what to do.
The drowning statistics in Florida are terrifying. Our state loses more children age 1-4 due to drowning than any other state. For every child lost there are 10 more who will be treated for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage and a number of other devastating injuries. We need to give our children the tools to prevent this from happening.
Nathan and I took a Mommy and Me swimming class when he was around 8 months old. After speaking with the instructor he told me that around age 3 is when they start to retain what they are learning. Now I’m referring to actual swimming not just the survival swim. (I have no experience with survival swim lessons). Just before his 3rd birthday we put him into formal classes.
We chose Sharks and Minnows. I was very pleased with them. They offered many different classes at a couple different times. They gave us enough options that we were easily able to make it work with our schedule. Nathan loved his instructor. She was great with the kids. He was excited to learn and looked forward to going to class.
I urge you to look into swimming lessons for your young child if you haven’t already. Accidents happen all the time. You always think that it won’t be you but what if it is. We are all surrounded by water living here in the Sunshine State. I believe swimming lessons are nonnegotiable for children in Florida.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a great swimming program you can recommend?