Spring is here and summer is coming! For Houston moms, this means breaking out the swimsuits, sunscreen, and goggles and hitting the pool with our little ones. And while swimming is one of the best and most fun summer activities we can do with our kids, it can also be one of the most dangerous. This is why it is vitally important our kids learn to become strong swimmers.
Drowning is the #1 cause of death in children ages 1-5. Swim skills are the most important layer of protection against drowning, and swim lessons are one of the best investments we can make as parents. Texas Swim Academy offers swim lessons for kids of all ages and ability levels in the Greater Houston area.
Did you know you can enroll your child in swim lessons even before they learn to walk? Babies as young as 6 months old can learn to float on their backs for an indefinite amount of time. Parents often think they can put off swim lessons for babies and toddlers because products such as puddle jumpers give them a false sense of security. But did you know that puddle jumpers are NOT Coast Guard approved for pool use or as a swim aid? They actually put a child at a greater risk for drowning.
Choosing Swim Lessons For Your Child
Not all swim lessons are the same. Swimming should be taught with a gentle approach and with a child development based program. When choosing where to take your child for swim lessons, be sure to look for programs that teach skills in a matter of weeks, not months or years.
Texas Swim Academy offers a variety of swim programs based on your child’s age and abilities:
Survival swimming is a child’s ability to float and breathe regardless of the water’s depth for an indefinite amount of time. Survival swim means your child, beginning at the age of six months old, can roll-back-to-float position and get themselves to the pool’s edge or staircase where they can get out of the water on their own or wait to be rescued. Skip the floaties and puddle jumpers and empower your child to float by himself.
These swim lessons are a step-by-step plan of development wherein one skill is built upon another. The skills are practiced repetitively so your child learns each skill to a level of proficiency. Texas Swim Academy builds self-esteem and confidence through repeated success and consistency in their training.
Group swimming lessons offer a fun, nurturing learning environment for new developing swimmers and challenging, technically-rigorous lessons for more advanced swimmers. Texas Swim Academy offers a low student to instructor ratio so that each swimmer gets the most out of every minute of class.
Texas Swim Academy offers programs for children with special needs such as Autism, focusing on water safety and survival. They also offer adult swim lessons and homeschool PE classes. There is a class or program for everyone in the family!
Moms, don’t wait on swim lessons for your child- enroll them today! The stakes are too high and the investment in your child’s life is worth it. Let’s all have a safe and fun summer with our kids at the pool!