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Water Babies Research Warns Of Potential Swimming Skills Gap
Research commissioned by leading baby swimming school, Water Babies, has revealed that the average age a UK child first attends a swimming lesson is 3.5 years old. A survey of 2,000 mums revealed that 8 in 10 children didn’t start lessons until the age of two.

Paul Thompson, co-founder of Water Babies, says: "We were shocked that 80% of children hadn’t attended a swimming lesson before their second birthday, despite it being one of the only activities that babies can enjoy from birth. This month one of our youngest pupils ever enjoyed their first swimming lesson at just two days old, which goes to show it’s never too early to start.

"As well as teaching potentially lifesaving water safety skills, our lessons are a great way for parents and their children to bond, which is great news for the 84% of mums who say they’d love more one on one time with their children."

The majority of children first learned to swim at two to three years old (33%) and four to five years old (35%). Just 7.5% went to swimming lessons before they turned one, and 10% before they turned two. 14% didn’t learn until they were over six years old.

Steve Franks, Water Babies Managing Director, says: "We’ve always been a nation with a real passion for the water, so we want to want to ensure that the next generation is given the opportunity to learn water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.

"Our ASA endorsed programmes are the perfect introduction to a lifelong love of water, in a safe environment with highly qualified teachers. While our lessons are focused on fun and bonding there is also a serious benefit to them, proven by the fact that more than a dozen Water Babies pupils have saved themselves from drowning, some as young as two years old at the time."

For more information on Water Babies and the benefits of swimming for the whole family, visit www.waterbabies.co.uk

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