Stanford Swim School is the largest swimming school in Hong Kong and operates from 21 indoor heated pools
The idea of babies being able to swim independently underwater is centuries old
Captain Cook documented very young children swimming in the Pacific Islands back in 1778. In 1939, Dr Myrtle McGraw published her pioneering Swimming Behaviour in the Human Infant in the Journal of Pediatrics, following a study in which she filmed and studied 42 swimming babies. It was found that babies have natural reflexes, preventing water entering their lungs when their faces are submerged. Now baby swimming is firmly established as a mainstream activity in the UK, the USA, Australia, Japan and some European countries! In the UK, over 300,000 babies are taking Water Babies lessons twice a week.
Are my babies eligible for Water Babies lessons?
According to AUSTSWIM, babies can start to learn swimming from as young as 6 months. In their first year, a baby’s brain grows more rapidly than at any other time, so it makes sense to start early and maximise their exposure to learning experiences in a variety of environments.