Water-survival safety is important, but how young is too young to start your child in swim school? Should kids swim before they can speak?! Watch this amazing video of a baby falling into the water and saving himself by back-floating. It's hard to watch, but has a happy ending (and a very handsome swimming instructor ...)!
So, when is the right time to start swimming lessons? We spoke with water-safety expert Lisa Cook to find out what's important for parents to know. Here's what she said:
- Babies can be taught to swim, but the commitment is huge and requires a lot of work.
- For babies to learn a swim behavior, lessons must be repeated every day, over and over again.
- If the routine is stopped, there is no guarantee that the baby will remember how to swim.
- No baby can be deemed "water safe" -- water safety is a mindset and comes from maturity and knowing how to react in different water-related situations.
- A child should start swim lessons when he or she shows interest.
- Don't assume that any child is water safe before age 8, no matter the number of classes taken.