At What Age Should You Start Swimming Lessons For Your Child?
I started swimming lessons at 5. I think that's a really good age, although it should be on a person to person basis. If your kid isn't ready, you'll know. But learning to swim is definitely important.
At whatever age they show a genuine interest. The sooner the better but you can't force it or you will end up with a child afraid of the water.
We started our son at 2 and he loved it. He would swim underwater and really enjoyed the water. Then we were not around a pool or any where to swim for a couple years and tried again at 4. That was a disaster. He hated the water for over a year because of the way the lessons were done and maybe something else. We tried again at 5 and the pool was better but the instruction was pathetic. He swims pretty well now, but that is mostly parent taught.
I would say look for two things, 1) is the child interested in swimming 2) is the teaching/ lessons available and are they actually going to teach your child to swim or just play in the water.
I just wrote a new hub on this subject based on my 30 years of experience teaching swim lessons - check it out!
http://johnr54.hubpages.com/hub/How-to- … im-Lessons
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