When Should I Start Giving My Child Swimming Lessons?

When Should I Start Giving My Child Swimming Lessons?

How Young Can Kids Swim?

From WUSA 9

You’ve probably seen those videos of newborn babies swimming laps across an entire swimming pool.  Have you ever wondered if this was even a good idea?  It seems as though the human child actually has swimming instincts right out of the womb, but is this really a good idea.  This post from WUSA 9 explores the idea of babies or infants swimming, and examines what really is the correct time to throw your infant into a swimming pool.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The video documents 16-month-old Elizabeth getting across a 3-feet deep pool without help. The unbelievable YouTube link has over a million views and now the Dallas-based parents are defending themselves.

“As you can see in the video, she’s not coughing or choking. She’s gasping, but that’s normal. She’s trained and she knows that all she has to do is flip over. I love my little girl and I would never do anything that would hurt her,” Adam Christensen told CNN.

We went to the British Swim School in Rockville, Md., where infants as young as 3 months old can start taking lessons. Instructor-owner Bonnie Alcid says the earlier toddlers train to float on their backs, the better.

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