The benefits of baby swimming

Swimming from birth is fantastic for your baby in so many different ways!

Besides the obvious safety benefits, baby swimming lessons are one of the best things you can do to bond with your baby, as well as being excellent for their development: they help little ones develop learning skills, boost their confidence, improve their co-ordination and enhance their wellbeing.

The NHS advises that you can take your baby swimming at any time before and after their immunisations – so it’s never too soon to get them in the pool, as long as the water’s warm enough (above 30⁰C for a baby older than 12 weeks or heavier than 12 lbs, and above 32⁰C if they’re younger or smaller).

  • It teaches them water safety

    Drowning is still the third-highest cause of accidental death among children under 5 in the UK, so learning to get to the side, hold on, get out and/or swim could save their life one day.

  • It’s good for their mental development

    Compared with non-swimmers, baby swimmers are generally:
    – 11 months ahead in oral expression*
    – 6 months ahead in mathematics reasoning*
    – 2 months ahead in brief reading*
    – 17 months ahead for story recall*
    – 20 months ahead for understanding directions*

  • It’s good for their physical development

    Compared with non-swimmers, baby swimmers generally:
    – have stronger heart and lung functions
    – have better balance and are better at grasping things**
    – are significantly stronger and more co-ordinated***
    – walk earlier
    – have improved eating and sleeping patterns

  • It’s good for their emotional development

    Baby swimming:
    – promotes bonding
    – boosts confidence***
    – stimulates positive emotions***
    – provides structure

Find out more about the benefits of learning early


*The Early Years Swimming Research Project, Griffith University
**Norwegian University of Science and Technology
***German Sports College, Cologne