Are Swimming Lessons Ok?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has relaxed its policy about the age when children should start learning water-survival skills.

While the AAP previously advised against swimming instruction for kids ages 1-4, recent evidence suggests that such lessons may reduce—but not eliminate—the risk of drowning.

More research is needed to determine the type of instruction that is most effective for toddlers and preschoolers. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-class swimming lessons for kids may have been suspended. Regardless, it's important to keep all kids safe around any body of water. Follow these safety tips from the AAP. 

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