You may worry about slips, trips and falls around the pool, however, there is another predominant worry for parents of young children. All parents have different views on what is the best age to teach your child to swim.
Some parents swear that it is best to teach your child to swim as soon as possible, taking their children to Water Babies classes from just a few weeks after birth. Others, however, think it is best to wait until the child is a little bit older, when they are out of nappies.
With so much conflicting advice out there, we ask when is the best age to teach your child to swim?
When is the best time to teach your child to swim?
It is important that you start working on water confidence as soon as a child is born. This can be done as easily as just playing a few simple games in the bath with your baby. That being said, children are comfortable in water from birth. If you feel as though you want to start lessons early, a few weeks after birth is a great time to attend a swimming confidence class with your baby.
One important factor, if you do choose a water class for your baby, is that the pool needs to be heated to a minimum of 30 degrees C.
Have you left it too late to teach your child to swim?
While this works for many parents, this doesn’t mean to stay that it is the best time to teach your child to swim. This is a matter of personal, individual choice, depending on the needs of your family and your instinct as a parent.
The important thing to remember is that children can learn to swim at any age. You haven’t missed the boat if your baby didn’t go to water classes. In fact, many swimming classes recommend that the best time to teach your child to swim is after they are fully toilet trained.
While this typically falls around age three to four, for some parents this can fall as late as five or six.
Claiming compensation for swimming accidents
Did your child trip over stray pool items? Or fall due to poorly maintained flooring at your local pool? Whatever your swimming related accident, if someone else is to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.