While spring hasn’t officially arrived here in the Northeast, we know you’re probably eager to start planning your summer vacation (if you haven’t started already.)

Long, relaxing days basking in the sun and frolicking in the surf are a way of life for residents of New Jersey and the entire Philadelphia region. If you’re looking forward to taking your family to the shore — or even the neighborhood pool — this summer, and your little ones haven’t had much exposure to water, now is a perfect time to bring them to Kennedy Fitness: A Jefferson Health Affiliate for swimming lessons. 

Not only is swimming a great physical activity for young children, but it’s also a vital life skill that can help save lives. The following video highlights a few key facts about kids and water safety.

In addition to keeping kids safe around water, swimming lessons offer a number of other benefits, including:

  • Better body awareness
  • Increased strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • Social skills
  • Self-confidence
  • A sport they can participate in throughout their life
  • Future opportunities, such as a job as a lifeguard or a swim instructor

Many parents wonder when to start teaching their little ones to swim, or if there is such a thing as “too young” to take swimming lessons. As mentioned in the video above, kids as young as six months can benefit from exposure to water, and here at Kennedy Fitness, we offer Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) programs that are tailored specifically to young children. 

In ISR, kids from six months to six years old learn essential basic survival skills such as holding their breath underwater, turning onto their backs in the water, and floating unassisted. You can learn more about the program on our website.

If you’ve been searching around the Turnersville, NJ, area for a gym with a pool to help prepare your kids for a lifetime of fun at the Jersey Shore, give Kennedy Fitness a call to inquire about swim lesson registration. In addition to our great swimming programs, we offer a wide variety of unique gym services that the whole family will love. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free trial membership!