How Old is “Old Enough” to Swim Unsupervised?

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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare—a day that is intended to be filled with fun in the sun and swimming can quickly turn to tragedy if a child gets overwhelmed in the water and becomes injured. While every parent knows that their toddler or grade schooler should never play in the water by themselves, confusion comes when children aged 10 through 14 are concerned. Exactly how old is “old enough” to swim in the pool without adult supervision?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is “it depends on the child.” There are many individual factors that go into play when determining the swimming strength of the child. For example, a child who has had swimming lessons at their local recreational center and who practices swimming laps at home will be ready to swim on his or her own much earlier than a child whose only exposure to swimming is a single unit in gym class.

In determining whether or not a child is ready to swim on their own, parents should take an honest look at their child while they are playing in the water to gauge their skill level—some parents may believe that their child can swim when in actuality, the child can only doggie paddle and has trouble staying afloat. As a general recommendation, all children under the age of 10 should have constant supervision when swimming to avoid injury or drowning.

Are you looking to improve your little one’s swimming strength on your own time? Installing a pool in your backyard doesn’t just provide an opportunity for recreation—it’s also an investment that will add value to your home and can be enjoyed again and again, season after season! If you are considering whether summer pool installation is right for your family, give the team at KS Pools and Patios today at 215-720-1991 to get started!