New “Parent and Child” classes for babies and toddlers was added to our learn-to-swim programme on Saturday, June 12th 2010 at Wimbledon College venue in Wimbledon Village, London, shortly after Blue Wave Swim School had started. To begin with, it was a 7 weeks course and it is suitable for children who are aged 3 years old and younger.
A significant feature of Merton’s population is the changing age profile of the borough’s residents with an increase in the proportion of older and younger age groups. The number of children and young people aged 0-19 is forecast to increase.
‘Learning to swim is a critical part of a young child’s development – similar to learning to walk, talk or ride a bike – but it’s a skill that, if learned early, is proven to save lives.’ Lenny Krayzelburg (four-time Olympic gold medalist)
Swimming is one of the best-loved family activities in Britain. It is the largest participation sport in the UK and many children say it is their favourite family pastime. So, one of the benefits of ‘Parent and child’ swimming classes for babies and toddlers is that it starts building water confidence very early on.
In swimming, the golden rule of ‘the earlier the better’ applies.
However, there are so many benefits which come with swimming for children who are under 3 years old and bringing parents in the classes with them