Friday, March 8, 2013

Amazing pictures-Specialist swimming centre just for babies

They may still be wet behind the ears, but these water babies are taking to swimming as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Newborns are perfectly prepared for an aquatic environment from being in the womb, according to the owners of the adapted pool in west London.

Now, London Baby Swim is opening the UK's first purpose-built centre solely for the smallest swimmers from six weeks old, in Wandsworth, south London.

'Nine months in a water environment means babies are perfectly prepared to swim from birth,' said Phil Shaw, 51, joint operations director of the company along with Ana Torres, 36.

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'Most parents sign their children up for baby swimming because they want them to be safe around water.

'Once they start a course, they start to discover the other hidden benefits.'

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He said that very young children can gain vital skills for their development through swimming at an early age - so there is no longer any excuse for tears at bath-time.

'We are helping babies to make new brain connections and strengthen their learning through exercise and stimulation,' he said.

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The specially designed 10,000 gallon pool will be heated to a comfortable 33c and the four-foot deep water will take classes of up to eight babies at a time.

They will learn turns, submersions and floating techniques before they can crawl - on land and in the water.
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Special UV light is currently used at the Osterley centre to keep the water clean and reduce the amount of chlorine necessary, so the pool is kind to babies' sensitive skin.

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