The benefits of “Water Center”
The benefits of ” Water Center ” – center, infant/toddler swimming are unique, uplifting and contribute to the positive development of the child. Through the soothing medium of water, we are able to tap into the child’s potential, both physically & mentally.
Researchers have documented that the stimulating effect of child-paced infant/toddler swimming lessons has the potential to increase intelligence, concentration, alertness, and perceptual abilities. Improvement in social, emotional and physical development has also been published. Of course, the manifestation of such inspired cognitive, personal and motor development takes time, patience and repetition. This phenomenon has been confirmed especially in children who started lessons prior to12 months old; however it’s never too late to receive these unique and subtle benefits of infant-toddler swimming. These babies eventually become extremely peaceful and relaxed in the water.
Zero gravity allows for freedoms that do not exist on dry land. Optimal learning conditions, combined with kindness and patience can bring the child to remarkable achievement.
What other medium enables you to bond face to face, skin to skin and share the joy of learning together?
A special time, a special place for you and your child.
Early swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and enjoyment in a variety of water sports and aquatic venues on, in and under the water.
Each class is an interactive recreational activity in a new and exciting “liquid” environment. “Go Pool” are often among the first words spoken by the young swimmer. Swimming evokes great joy into the lives of infants and toddlers. It also fashions healthier and stronger individuals.
This is often a child’s first social experience outside the home that involves their peers. They learn to relate and interact with each other and look forward to seeing their class mates. Caring and patient moms and dads of young children have an ideal opportunity to meet like minded people who share common interests.
For the right people, in the right situation, baby swimming can nurture a connectedness to family, community and to the outer world.
Many students can swim before they can walk. As, their swimming progresses you will witness improved coordination, strength, endurance and lung capacity.
The smooth and fluid exercise in the water results in healthier naps following class. Parents attending the evening classes have noted improved sleeping patterns throughout the night.
The journey is …as important as the destination. Learning is a process, not a product. Learning takes place at the child’s pace, not when the teacher says it, not when the parent wants it, but when the child is capable, relaxed and ready. Create a positive learning environment, enjoy each session for its own sake.
Harmony with… the water. Smooth swimming, not thrashing, takes practice, patience and a great deal of time. At each level, we are setting a foundation. Each age group has new and more complex skills compatible with the developmental abilities of that group. It is best to introduce skills only when they can be acquired with ease and confidence. As long you put the time in at the beginning. Every child gets there in the end,
Together…parents, children and teachers are part of a much larger picture. It’s about developing a parenting style in relation to your child’s learning style; learning to encourage and support rather than demand and demean. Remember to praise, not push. Never compare your child with peers or siblings. Just as walking, potty training and reading all come at different age and rate so too does swimming. There is no deadline. Invariably, the slower we go, the faster they learn and the better the retention and technique of the learner. We must remember that while we teach the children to respect the water, we must never lose our respect for the children in the learning process.