When I became a mom I knew I wanted to have my kids participated in sports and activities. Now that I have 3 boys- sports and extra circulars are a must to get my kids out of my house before they tear it down! Did you know swimming is the only sport you can start at 4 months of age?
Swimming has always been apart of my life, I could swim before I could walk so swimming was always the first thing my children were going to learn. I think many other parents want their children to learn to swim early on again but are intimidated by the process, it doesn't help that our industry paints the picture of children learning to swim well after they are walking, talking and even going to school.
It's only been in the last 10 years that infant lessons have begun to to get recognition, thank you social media! But is putting your infant into swimming lessons the best time to start them? Maybe you have a toddler that just started showing curiosity toward water, where before they had no interest so swimming lessons just weren't a thought. Maybe you had a bad experience in your life that has turned you away from swimming? Each person, each family has a different answer for this question. So don't ask yourself those questions. Instead, take a look at your schedule, the most important part about swimming lessons is to keep your kids on a consistent schedule. If you can't be consistent in the first few months you wont see progress, you'll probably feel frustrated and give up before you should, and push the time frame for your kids to learn.
Is it possible to miss a window for a child to learn to swim, absolutely! We actually see it often at the pool. If you push swimming lessons to age 4 or 5 and they only know swimming in a lifejacket we have a lot of false fear to work through. False fear is a child's reaction to the structure of swimming lessons with out the comfort of a life jacket. They portray to be afraid of the new experience when in reality they aren't afraid of the water, its just a new vulnerable experience with someone that isn't a parent.
Here it is put simply, you need a few months for your child to pick up swimming. When you are consistent you see better progress. Infants can start as soon as 4 months old, and when you start that early in life you will be doing lessons for the first year of their life but will reap the benefits of those life saving skills for the rest of their life. Toddlers take 3-6 months of lessons to build a foundation that allows them to confidently swim at that age. And children typically need about 3 months of lessons to gain the skills to be considered safe and have the ability to be independently swim in the pool.