Children love being in the water even from a very young age and children who’ve taken baby swimming classes have been shown to do better in gripping, reaching and balance tests than non-swimming babies.
You can join a local group if you’re nervous about taking your child into the pool for the first time, or just get in and give it a go.
Even though it can seem daunting, once they’ve mastered swimming it’s a valuable skill they’ll have for life.
Before your baby is old enough to hit the pool, bath time is a brilliant opportunity to start getting them used to being in the water.
You might notice that your baby will instinctively move their arms and legs when they’re immersed in water, and this will help them get used to being supported in the water and feeling splashes on their face.
According to the ASA (formally the Amateur Swimming Association), the best age for babies to try the swimming pool for the first time is around six months – before that they can get too cold easily.
It’s always worth checking with your health visitor before you take the plunge.
When you’re in the water, make sure that your baby is submerged to shoulder level in the water, or wearing a full suit so that they don’t get chilly.
Keep moving – this helps teach your baby that moving their arms and legs will help them stay afloat.