You think learning to swim is not necessary because you live nowhere near water

You think your child will get a severe tan by swimming outdoors

You think your child will learn swimming faster using flotation devices

Think again!

There are several myths about swimming and water safety that parents need to clarify. By introducing children to water at an early age, it provides life-saving swimming skills and helps to build and strengthen motor skills such as balance and coordination. Here are 5 myths about swimming and water safety you must stop believing:

1. Myth – You don’t live near water so learning to swim is not necessary.
Fact – There are water hazards in the house too where swimming could be a life-saving skill.

You may not live near the sea or by a lake, however, younger children are at risk even within the safety of your home. Any water body such as a garden pond, water pool or bathtub could be a hazard for younger children. While constant adult supervision is required, teaching your child to swim would make them comfortable near and inside water and also teach them a life-saving skill.

2. Myth – Swimming outdoors could cause a tan that will affect the sensitive skin of children.
Fact – With the right amount of exposure sunlight helps children to grow healthy.

While children have sensitive skin, using an appropriate sunblock could provide protection from UV rays. To avoid excessive exposure to the sun and to reduce tanning, choose the appropriate time when the sun is not the strongest to go swimming. However, one of the health benefits of swimming outdoors is that it exposes children to sunlight providing them with the required dosage of Vitamin D to grow healthy.

3. Myth – Your child will learn swimming better using flotation devices.
Fact – Using flotation devices help to get comfortable in the water, they do not help in learning how to swim.

While swimming with the help of floaties help younger children to get comfortable in the water, it does not mean they can swim. They need to be gradually weaned off the support of flotation devices in order to make them swim independently. Your child will learn a life-saving skill like swimming only with the ability to propel themselves in water independently without the help of flotation devices.

4. Myth – Life vests are not required once your child learns to swim.
Fact – Swimming skills alone may not be life-saving in many situations where other factors are at play.

While swimming with the help of floaties help younger children to get comfortable in the water, it does not mean they can swim. They need to be gradually weaned off the support of flotation devices in order to make them swim independently. Your child will learn a life-saving skill like swimming only with the ability to propel themselves in water independently without the help of flotation devices.

5. Myth – Your child may forget how to swim, so might as well teach them when they are older.
Fact – Children retain knowledge and skills better than adults.

It is never too early to teach your child to swim. While you may think they would forget when they grow older, when your child swims regularly at an early age, the action turns into muscle memory. Moreover, learning to swim at an early age also helps in developing instinctive reflexes.
Swimming is a low impact, high result exercise that helps children and adults in strengthening breath control, balance, buoyancy and body position Through well-designed swimming programs, your child can develop their motor skills and instinctive reflexes, while also understanding the properties of water and how it can be used to swim better. Enroll your child for a swimming program!