Infants & Toddlers
Parent & Child Classes
We’re often asked. “What age should I sign up my child for swim lessons?” Our answer. The earlier the better. We know. It’s hard to imagine our babes swimming before they walk or talk, but there are so many benefits to getting their feet wet early with infant and/or toddler lessons. Here’s why.
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for kiddos starting at age 1. They find that early swimming lessons are one of the most important layers of protection against accidental drownings.
- Drowning is the single leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4.
- Enrolling your young children in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.
- Babies aged 6 months and older can learn to survive and thrive in water.
- Swimming lessons aren’t just for kids! It’s a great way for parents to become informed about water safety and drowning prevention.
- Early education also provides your child a positive experience with swimming, allowing them to build confidence and comfort in water.
Cognitive and Social Benefits
Swimming also helps improve cognitive functioning for infants and toddlers. For instance, this includes (but is not limited to):
- Academic Learning
- Language Development
- Reading Skills
- Spatial Awareness
A 4-year study* of 7,000 children suggests that kids that swim have advances in physical and mental development compared to kids that don’t swim. When looking at the study, they found that 3 to 5-year-old children who swam were 11 months ahead of the normal population in verbal skills. Even more, those children were 6 months ahead in math, 2 months ahead in story recall, and 20 months ahead in understanding directions. And an earlier study suggests that 4-year-old kids who had taken lessons between 2 months and 4 years of age were better at handling new situations. These kids also had higher levels of self-confidence and were more independent. At Wisconsin Swim Academy, our infant and toddler swim lessons are designed with every skill having a purpose in fostering a love and comfort of the water. Classes are developed for babies 6+ months or older with one parent in the water. There is a maximum of 6 children per class, with options for both morning and evening schedules depending on yours.