In 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics completely reversed its former 30 year long stance that children under age 4 couldn’t and shouldn’t learn to swim.
SWIMBABES™ “World’s Youngest Swim Team” formed in 1982 in order to educate the public and medical community on the importance of water safety for young children as well as educate as to the amazing abilities little ones can possess if properly trained. In the past 30 years, SWIMBABES™ has produced and performed in over 30 Swim Shows and Aquatic Events featuring children 8 months-3 years in benefit for others. It has been no easy feat to stand firm in what we knew to be true; that very young babies and children CAN and should be trained in life saving self rescue techniques. After a 30 year dialogue and many money raising efforts for research to be conducted in to the field of baby swimming, speaking to the media in order to get the message to the public, in 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics completely reversed its former 30 year long held opinion that children under age 4 couldn’t and shouldn’t learn to swim. The AAP now recommends to parents to enroll their baby in swimming lessons that emphasize water safety and include parents in the water.