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The importance of teaching 4 year olds to swim

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08/07/14

If Henry didn't have a history of chronic ear problems, he would have had swim lessons. Water safety is a life skill I think every kid should learn and the sooner, the better. There will be times they'll encounter water whether it's baths, pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, or oceans. At the very least, they should know how to hold their breath under water and doggy paddle (kicking your legs and moving your arms to stay afloat).

Swim lessons do not negate teaching them constant safety around water nor does it give adults a free pass to not supervise children when they're near water. Water safety merely provides an extra layer of security.

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