Benefits of swimming from a young age:

  1. Babies are born with a kicking reflex, however they lose this reflex around 6 months of age. Practicing kicking from as early as possible will allow your baby to retain this reflex which will give them a huge head start in learning to swim.
  2. Swimming strengthens muscles and joints and it builds lung capacity – which is especially good for asthma sufferers
  3. Swimming encourages babies to start to cross their midline and to develop other physical skills whilst improving co-ordination, balance & spatial awareness
  4. The pool is a place free of day-to-day distractions such as phones, washing and meal preparation. In the pool you can focus exclusively on your baby and create wonderful family memories in the outdoors. Enjoy those precious bonding moments in the fresh air with lots of skin-on-skin contact, cuddling and splashing.
  5. Lavishing praise on your child as they begin to master their kicking and swimming strokes is great for baby’s self-esteem
  6. Light exercise like swimming will help your baby to eat better and sleep longer.

Unfortunately drowning deaths are all too common in South Africa. The NSRI has published that every year approximately 600 children die from drowning with 10 times this number of children surviving a drowning experience and sadly not all of them will recover fully.

Taking you child swimming from a young age will teach them to become more aware of water safety.

There are many ways of teaching your baby to swim. Formal swimming lessons are great social occasions for meeting other parents. Online videos can instruct you how you can teach your baby to swim. The SWIMTRAINER “Classic” flotation aid by FREDS SWIM ACADEMY, places babies from 3 months in the correct swimming position and is a great tool for practicing kicking and building confidence in the water.

The aid is designed in such a way to decrease the chances of toppling over or your baby accidentally slipping through. Another added benefit of The SWIMTRAINER “Classic” flotation aid by FREDS SWIM ACADEMY, is that it can be used in any pool an

Early Boost through Baby Swimming

Positive for the mental and physical development of the child.
Parents can lay the foundations for their child’s positive life long relationship with water as early as in infancy. It is sensible to start swimming with the baby from the age of 12 weeks, because at that time the baby is able to lift its head alone, it can grasp toys, has a stable immune system and will not lose body heat as quickly in the water as it will be increasingly more active.
Babies and children are in their element in water. Baby swimming promotes mental and physical development as small children can perform movements in water earlier than on land. A gentle back and forth motion during baby swimming, for example, acts like a massage for the skin and at the same time supports the formation of nerve cells and the synapses between various brain regions. In addition it increases the motor skill development on land. Furthermore, Aquarobics is an effective, playful therapy for children who have slow motoric development or premature babies. The water pressure not only has a positive effect on the skin, but also on the joints and muscles. Baby swimming also improves the sense of balance, promotes independence, increases learning and perception and supports growth in young children.
Children are optimally supported when coming into contact with the wet element and learning to swim with the learn-to-swim system SWIMTRAINER "Classic". It gives the children a great deal of enjoyment while swimming and a high level of safety. Babies or young children are in the ideal swimming position with the SWIMTRAINER "Classic", have their hands free to play with toys and can move themselves forward independently with their legs. Thus a positive relationship with the wet element can be developed in a playful way, combined with a high level of safety.
While the red SWIMTRAINER "Classic" achieves the basics of learning to swim with the highest buoyancy, the resulting technical training for children of 4 years and up leads to the perfect swimming style. The next step: the orange SWIMTRAINER "Classic" with reduced buoyancy helps children to learn the right co-ordination of arm and leg movements. The yellow SWIMTRAINER "Classic" with the lowest buoyancy is excellently suited for the methodical transition to free swimming. Step by step children are safely accompanied to free swimming with the SWIMTRAINER "Classic" using air reduction. Throughout, we focus on assuring that the children have fun in the process!

Frog reflex

Correct Use of the Frog Reflex during Baby Swimming.
Babies are born with the frog reflex. Therefor they can propel themselves independently in the water using the SWIMTRAINER "Classic" Red, starting at the age of 12 weeks. It securely supports babies in the correct swimming position and they develop a sense of fun and security in the water.
The frog reflex is mostly lost while learning to walk. However the SWIMTRAINER "Classic" supports the retention of this reflex in children so that they can use it later when doing breaststroke. You can promote the reflex by calling out "frog" for every stretch or push off in the water. Children internalize this system quickly and link the "frog call" to the movement of "pushing off". In addition, you can attract and motivate the child with toys such as rubber duckies so that they automatically practice the frog reflex themselves and use their legs deliberately.
Consequently the red SWIMTRAINER "Classic" offers the best basis for learning to swim and the resulting technical training for children 4 years and up leads to the perfect swimming style. The orange SWIMTRAINER "Classic" helps children to learn co-ordination of leg and arm movements, and the yellow SWIMTRAINER "Classic" is excellently suited to the transition to free swimming.

Baby care

How to care for your baby after swimming.

The baby's skin is five times thinner than that of an adult. Therefore it needs mild and gentle care. This is very important especially after swimming.

Here are a few tips for correct baby care after swimming:

Shower your child thoroughly after swimming so that the chlorine is rinsed off the skin

The head should be washed separately with a washcloth and possibly a mild wash lotion

Then dry your child well with a soft bath towel

After bathing many children - especially babies - are very tired and fall asleep quickly.

Make sure that you give your child enough to drink, as swimming will make them thirsty

Warm drinks are ideal to re-regulate the body temperature

Apply a mild care lotion or gentle baby oil to your child's skin

Ensure that your child is warmly dressed after swimming

Don't forget a hat, as the most body heat is lost through the head.