Laurie has always advocated his evidence that learning to swim teaches children a respect for the water. It also, importantly, makes them less likely to wander into life threating situations. Now there is evidence to support Laurie’s claim. In 2009, R.A. Brenner did a case study on this. He reported in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine a positive link between drowning prevention and how swimming lessons save lives.
His study reported that children between 1-4 who had swimming lessons had an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning. Of course learning to swim is only one element parents should follow to prevent preschool drowning. This is why swimming lessons save lives, and should be started from an early age.
Start Swimming Lessons from an Early Age
Your child takes cues from you, and they pick up on your discomfort. Are you afraid of the water, or feel apprehensive about them getting in? Then this can have a huge affect on their degree of comfort in the water. You could consider taking parent/child swimming lessons. Not only will this make your child feel more comfortable, but it’s a great parent and child bonding time. Always ensure you are giving off a happy, positive and confident attitude to your child. As this will help them to always feel secure in the water.
Laurie advocates his ‘Kids Alive – do the five’ mantra. Fence the pool, shut the gate, teacher your kids to swim – it’s great, supervise – watch your mate, and learn how to resuscitate! Parents check out this great website for some tips on swimming and water safety! You can view it here.
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