What is a good age for a child to take swimming classes?
I enrolled my children in a baby and me swim class when they were infants. They are both amazing swimmers now. This was when they were just a couple months old. Babies love water. Swimming lessons came later.
Humans are born with an ability to swim. Think about it.... before babies come out of their mother's belly they have fluid all around them(kind of like swimming). You can put a newborn baby in the pool and this baby will be able to swim. Then, the fear of water and swimming comes. This is when kids lose their swimming abilities for a time. Therefore, the earlier you start, the better it is.
My daughter started at 6 months (with me in the water with her) and loved it. At that age and throughout their toddler years, it's more about awareness of the water than actual swimming though.
I've seen children start swimming at 9 months. But they show the best improvement when they can communicate back with the teacher. Usually 2. By 3 or 4 they can then swim the four main strokes, including butterfly if taught properly.
My daughter took Red Cross swimming lessons and did well at age 5. My son took a bit longer at age 7. Both are adults now, and they swim well.
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