Find out about Baby SPLASH

21 Dec 2015

So, the initial flurry of activity with your newborn baby coming home is over and life is starting to settle down. Baby is starting to get into a routine, and you’ve been thinking about starting swimming classes; after all swimming and water safety are an integral part of everyday life for many Australians.

Infants are in a fluid environment for close to 9 months inside their mother. So we aren’t really talking about when to “introduce” a child to the water, but when to “reintroduce” them to the water. It is natural for you to feel some caution or have uncertainties about when to begin. Some of your friends have already started their child and are really loving it, whilst others say “no, wait until they are older”.

Baby’s first swimming experience may very well be their first regular activity outside the home. For many mums and dads this activity will be an exciting time filled with meeting new friends and spending that special one on one bonding time with baby. For others this excitement can also be tempered with some apprehension, How will my baby ‘perform’? Will they cry? How will they react to a new environment?

Baby swimming has been proven to dramatically improve children’s learning and social skills. A four-year study undertaken by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research has found that early years swimmers are ahead of their non-swimming peers in many cognitive and physical abilities.

“While we expected the children to show better physical development and perhaps be more confident through swimming, the results in literacy and numeracy really shocked us,” Professor Jorgensen said.

“They were anywhere from six to 15months ahead of the normal population when it came to cognitive skills, problem solving in mathematics, counting, language and following instructions.”

Rackley Swimming recognise that not all parents will want to ‘jump straight in’ and commit to swimming lessons without first seeing how their child settles in, and exactly what is involved with ‘going swimming’. A great way to do this is through our BabySPLASH program. This program has been specifically designed to highlight the many benefits of spending time in the water with their baby, and will arm you with the knowledge and resources to better understand the early stages of baby swimming. The end result will see you fully equipped with the skills and confidence to further develop your baby’s swimming skills in our baby Discovery Program, and have you feeling proud and confident of your progress.

The BabySPLASH program is offered as a free service for all families with babies between 2-4 months. Families are welcome to attend these 20 minute sessions on a weekly basis during this period. To enquire about days and times at your nearest centre please contact 1300 773 053.

Here are our top reasons for teaching your baby to swim:

  • Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children
  • Water helps improve co-ordination and balance
  • Warm water combined with gently exercise relaxes and stimulates babies appetites. They usually eat and sleep better on swimming days.
  • Babies flourish in the focused attention their parents lavish on them during swimming
  • Early mastery of water movements gives children a head start in learning basic swimming skills
  • As babies learn how to manoeuvre in the water, their independence and self-confidence blossom
  • Learning to swim is not only a fun, healthy activity, but a safety measure as well.

Cameron Speechley

Rackley Swimming



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