This week sees the second-ever Baby Swimming Week taking place across Devon and the UK. Launched last year, this week of swimming events is brought to you by Water Babies to celebrate the advantages of teaching your baby to swim as early as possible.
As well as the obvious life-saving aspects (particularly important in Exeter with all our rivers, canals and beaches) you may be surprised by some of the other benefits of structured swimming lessons:
- children up to 11 months further ahead in oral expression when starting school
- positive impact on confidence and emotional health
- increases in strength and coordination
And the benefits are long lasting too – Water Babies’ own research shows that:
- 92% of their former swimmers now aged 7-11 can swim 25m unaided, compared with 55% of the national population
- 91% of former Water Babies swimmers now aged 7-8 meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. Compared to the national average of 51% for 7-8-year-olds
- 93% of Water Babies swimmers meet the physical activity guidelines for under 5s
Baby Swimming Week
Rowan Bradford, who runs multi-award winning Water Babies classes across Devon & Somerset says:
“Over the years we’ve seen countless babies and parents reap huge benefits from taking swimming classes with our highly qualified teachers. Sadly, far too many young children are missing out on all the positive benefits that come with swimming simply because they never learned this potentially life-saving skill.”
“Please ensure your child gets signed up for swimming lessons – the earlier the better! Here at Water Babies Devon & Somerset we draw on years of experience and we would love to help your little one embark on this fabulous journey!”
Baroness Floella Benjamin added:
“Childhood lasts a lifetime, and the patterns set up in a baby’s very first days can have lasting consequences during the course of a lifespan.
“[We must] encourage physical activity in the pre-pregnancy, antenatal, postnatal and early childhood periods, establishing patterns for the positive behaviours that will reduce our national waistline and support the fit and healthy families that will make a 21st century United Kingdom truly fit for purpose.”
To find out more about the benefits of baby swimming and to find out about classes, visit www.nationalbabyswimmingweek.org.uk – there’s even a code for a free baby swimming lesson in Exeter.
And if you’d like to find out where your local swimming pool is, check out our directory of Swimming Classes and Pools in Exeter.