When to start & stop lessons
We offer swimming classes from 4 months old all the way through to adults.
At 4 months old, babies are able to regulate their body temperature for the duration of a 30minute class. It is a great time to start water familiarisation and a great opportunity for parents and carers to connect with their babies.
The long term benefits to children who start swimming lessons young are huge!
Research suggests that early swimming lessons can lead to better physical, cognitive and linguistic development in children. A study conducted in 2013 by Griffith University, which ran for three years and surveyed almost 7,000 parents with children under five, examined whether participation in early swimming lessons impacted subsequent milestones in child development. The results showed a clear connection between children who participated in early swimming lessons developing a range of physical skills and meeting a number of developmental milestones earlier than their peers.
We offer 4 & 5 month old babies to swim for free, so there’s never been a better time to start lessons.
When to stop lessons can be an equally confusing question for many parents and we often hear parents say ‘I’ll stop lessons when my child can swim’. This however, is quite an ambiguous statement, which means different things for different people.
Studies show that many parents overestimate their children's abilities in regards to swimming and therefore exit swimming lessons too soon. We often find parents exit lessons too soon, only to find that by the time their children finish primary school, their skills have declined.
Our Swordy 1km swims are not only a GREAT achievement, but also a great indicator that your children are proficient swimmers and a goal to aim before exiting lessons. That's why we've made Swordy 1km an achievable goal for all our swimmers and we'll help your children reach this.