Expecting a one-year-old to swim freestyle is about as realistic as asking her to drive your SUV. Yet countless experts insist the best time to start swimming lessons is as soon as possible.

That’s because 65 years ago Forbes and Ursula Carlile pioneered baby teaching in Australia. The company they founded, Carlile Swimming, is now regarded as one of the world’s leading swim schools. They start babies from three months of age.

The benefits go beyond learning a skill that could save your life. Australia’s Griffith University conducted a ground-breaking four-year research study and found that 3 to 5 year olds who attend regular swimming lessons were:

  • 11 months ahead in verbal skills
  • 6 months ahead in mathematic skills
  • 2 months ahead in literacy skills
  • 17 months ahead in story recall
  • 20 months ahead in understanding directions

Carlile have a COVIDSafe purpose-built teaching centre at Cherrybrook with lessons for all ages. You can contact them on 9980 7822.

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