The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children can begin learning how to swim by the age of one. This was newsworthy because for the longest time the minimum age was set at four. What is ironic about that is that 1-4 years of age is the largest segment of the population susceptible of drowning.
That percentage has been declining with every passing decade because more associations, parenting guides and people in general advocating that children learn how to swim as earliest as humanly possible.
Waiting until a person is in his early teens is not advisable.
Whats funny is that many experts had been saying for years that children as early as six months old could start being exposed to water.
It was about time that the AAP officially acknowledged this fact.
This doesn’t mean that a six month old baby can be put into the water by himself. But with supervision, be it a parent or trained professional, a baby as young as six months old can start being exposed to water.
I felt like this article was a great resource for people who are wondering how much a child should know about swimming depending on what age he or she is.
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