There are many physical benefits of teaching babies to swim, as well as helping them to overcome their initial fear of water. Swimming helps babies physical progress later in life, along with providing them with some essential social skills.
A key element in helping young kids to develop their water confidence, is to teach them about submersion and how to feel comfortable putting their head underwater. Young kids can sometimes be afraid to submerge their head fully underwater, but as a parent you can play a huge role in teaching your kids this core swimming skill from an early age.
Learning how to kick in water correctly will help your kids to swim more efficiently in the future and will help to lay the foundation for other swimming strokes too. Kicking is a gross motor skill and a critical swimming skill, but it can be hard work at first and will require some concentration to get it right and for your kids to stay afloat.