What Is The Best Age To Start Swimming Lessons? – Water Guide!

Best Age To Start Swimming Lessons – Water Guide!

Swimming Improves physical fitness, Assists to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and also can help with saving lives. The swinging is one of the professional sports that every child should know. How do deal with a fear of water, at what age is recommended to start, how to prevent from your child to get bored? Special Guide


Why is recommended to teach children swimming?

Some evidence suggests that children over age one may be less likely to drown if they’ve had formal swimming lessons — definitely a compelling case for signing up your munchkin sooner than later.

A child with the right water skills won’t  be afraid when is head will be under water, and from the safety point of view it’s more than a cliche: One of the main factors for drawing are panic and suffocation As the first response to a touch of water. A child that knows to get along with water, and use to it, even if it will be just a few months old, will not panic and drown.

Many of the drownings happen in the bathtub. It just a matter of slipping in a bath full of water, or a few seconds of lack of attention to know what is a tragedy! But if your child has water skills, the process of getting to a Life-threatening condition is reducing, and it’s life will be saved.


A child with the right water skills won’t be afraid when is head will be under water.

But it’s not the only reason: When Babies and infants have the right water skills, and are learning to love the water and marine environment, and will arrive at swimming lessons, the learning process will be shorter, more effective, and much more accurate, because he will be ready for the water. It’s easier to teach a child that accustomed to being in a marine environment, instead of a child that meet a pool for the first time and him afraid of it.

At what age is recommended to teach swimming?

The recommended age for start swimming is five and above. At this age the child can acquire new learning skills, can listen and understand what you want from him. however, you can start in preparation much sooner. With Your baby, you can start in the bathtub, squirt gently water on its face, play with him while you sing to him, or to take him to a baby swimming pool and do with him different motion for strengthening his back, stomach, and shoulder belt muscles. This kind of activity is also performed in different class for babies and infants. In the water, the baby can lift his head in the right way because gravity almost doesn’t play a roll in the water. Usually, these babies are growing to be children with more muscle mass, and can learn much better swimming skills.

As mentioned, a child before the age of five can learn to play in the water, However from this age and above he can acquire skills of swimming technique, that is the base of learning that will be with him for all is life. Swimming class for children usually takes 10 – 15 meetings, that after it with a proper guide the child will swim to a range of 15m long without stopping.


What can be done if your child is suffering from water anxiety?

If your child is scared of swimming and the water in general, it can be discouraging for both of you. By taking the process slowly and staying positive, you can help your child become more comfortable about swimming lessons.

Choosing a Class

One of the largest factors in your child’s comfort during swim lessons will rely on the teacher and the type of class you choose. Selecting a class that is packed with children and offers little individual attention might be fine for experienced swimmers but disadvantageous for children who are nervous around water. Look for smaller classes in which the instructor understands your child’s reservations and can take her time during the swim lessons. Also, looking for instructors and classes specifically geared toward new or nervous swimmers can help give your child a better introduction to lessons.

Move Slowly

Take the time to talk to your child’s swim instructor and ask that he move slowly when teaching swimming. Your child needs to feel comfortable around the water before getting in the water and learning to swim. He might need to move as slowly as first putting his legs in the water for a class or two before getting in the water completely. If your child doesn’t want to get into the water, don’t force it. He might have had a bad experience with water that makes him nervous, and sudden teaching tactics can compound that experience with more negative feelings toward lessons.

Get In

The idea of getting into the water with a strange instructor and new classmates can make your child’s fear of the water even worse with social anxiety. By finding a class that allows parental involvement, you can get in the water too. You needn’t worry if you’re not a strong swimmer or are a poor teacher. You’ll likely only get into the water up to your waist. Having you nearby can help reduce your child’s fears and make him feel more confident in class.

Stay Positive

Berating your child for harboring aquaphobia or being scared of lessons can cause regression in your child. When she understands that you’re upset with her abilities, it can lower her self-esteem and attach a negative connotation to the experience of swim lessons. Instead, stay upbeat, positive and encouraging, no matter how much your child achieves during class. Congratulate your child on each hurdle she surpasses, whether it’s getting in the water, listening to the teacher or letting go of the wall for the first time.

Should you equip a child who swims with swimming aids?

It’s a common mistake that parents do, the swimming aids are giving false filing that your child is safe from drowning, because a child with swimming aids don’t know how to float and he isn’t safe. Many parents are leaving their child without Any supervision while is with swimming aids, However, it’s a considerable danger. You should never leave a child that using swimming aids without grownup supervision. Only a child that is able to swim, back and forth, the all swimming pool, while is breathing when is head is out of the water , it’s a child that settle for swimming while a lifeguard is in place.


Learn to float – Without swimming aids.

Many of the swimming schools for kids using with swimming aids such as Floaties, Stearns Puddle, and Fins. But this is a fiction because the child is floating – but not on its own. The minute that the swimming aids are off, the child can’t float. This is why that first teaching the child to balance itself in the water while is floating, and just after that, they are teaching him the movements. When the child know how to float on its own, he can concentrate on the movement of its hands and legs without struggling to stay afloat.

What is the next step in swimming lessons?

The first swimming style that teaching five-years-old is breaststroke. Because in that style the child can see where he swimming at. It’s harder to learn breaststroke, this style is working pretty good on a child, It strengthens the shoulders, allows good lift of the head above the water, and good eye-sight, that is very important at this age. Breaststroke is allowing to see well the breathing and exhaling process of the child, that becoming more tangible and familiar for them. There is another advantage – It allows to swimming Comfortably on the weekend when the swimming pool loaded with children.


After some water exercise, they will learn to float without swimming aids, and from there they learning how to breathe right in the water: When to breathe and when to exhale. Many of the children are stop breathing inside the water and therefore are unable to swim long distances, Therefore there is a great importance of building a right breathing process of the child. Just after the child learning the breathing process he will learn the breaststroke style. After he will learn the breaststroke style, it will learn other styles that will be staying with him for the rest of its life. In just of 10 – 15 Swiming lessons he will be a “master” in one swimming style (at least).

Playing in the water – So your little one does not get board.

How to prevent from your child to get bored?

Yes, children tend to get bored very quickly, and therefore the lesson needs to be attractive and sweeping. A swimming lesson for a child lest for 30 minutes, They are most concentrated in the first 20 minutes, At this time it is important to work with right movements and to be attentive to the child. The moment the child are staring on other children or the sky,  there is no point to ask for is attention, but to interest him in another way, Because of that in the last 10 minutes of the lesson they are playing swimming games in the pool with the child, Dive to the bottom of the pool to fetch a toy that laying on the bottom, Plunging (Headfirst) and more. Children that love swimming will also want to continue doing so during the winter, there is many places that are working during the winter with a heated pool that will fill the gap between the summers.


If you have any questions or suggestions on this post, please fill free to leave your comments and thoughts. I will appreciate it.


  • Von

    I have seen videos of babies swimming with their parents or coaches. These babies look like they are only 1 year old or even younger. I know that you said that 5 years of age is the best time for them to start taking lessons so what do you think of those babies that start earlier?

  • My sister is trying to teach her son how to swim. Will share this post to her since this article is very informative. Thanks!

  • Good for parents to know who have small children. It’s unfortunate that so many children never learn how to swim. By the time they are in school and it may be part of their physical education requirements, it’s to late to deal with those who are really afraid of the water. This was very informative on how to handle the young children and why they should be taught while they are young.


    I agree that swimming is a very important thing for a child to learn especially with more people going to the beach or lake. I took swimming lessons, but I actually don’t think I really enjoyed them. However, after reading this I wish I had learned the breaststroke and may have to start learning it because my shoulders could use a little help in the strength department. I also like the part about how long a lesson should be because most people’s attention span (in any regard) is about 45min and as you said a child’s attention span is shorter, so the lesson should be short to keep them entertained. Thanks for the great article!

  • Hey ,it is the best one about swimming and its process.I’m sure it will be the best place that I can check for my baby,she is 9 months and as you know both of my sisters are lifeguard and swimming in our family is a professional sport.We are planning for our daughter for swimming school.I’ll check with you.
    best wishes


  • This is very reassuring information for me. My daughter is three and she did two sessions of swim class when she was a little younger. She didnt learn much but at least she isn’t scared of being in the water now. She doesn’t show much initiative for actually learning how to swim though – just play around, and this had me concerned. After reading your article I feel reassured that there is still plenty of time and that its normal for her to just want to play!

  • Great article! I’ve got two boys, who are now 13 and 10 years old, respectively. They’ve both in swimming lessons for years and years. The 10-year-old is now doing junior lifeguard training.

    The advice I’d offer to other parents that we’ve had SO much fun as a result of the kids being strong swimmers. Family pools, cottage/lake visits, vacations – they’re all so much more fun when the kids feel confident in the water.

    The other benefit, obviously, is the safety aspect of it. The peace of mind you’ll have by even knowing the basics is significant.

    Keep up the great work!


  • I agree Efi, you have to teach your kids to start swimming early. I actually started with my son when he was about 18 months. We took him to a few introductory classes. We live in Florida so there is water everywhere and we didn’t want to wait until he was five. This summer he was actually able to swim across the entire pool length of about 15m by himself at 3.5 years old!

  • Chris

    Great article. Very informative. I will be sharing this post with my brother who has young children!

  • Liz

    Great post! My son is 3 and we’ve been thinking about when to get him started with swimming lessons. He spent a lot of time in the water this past summer and started liking it more, so I think he could be ready sooner than 5 but I guess it depends on him and how he feels.

    Maybe it would be better to wait until he’s a little older and understands more. I guess our visits to the pool will mainly be for fun and practice before training begins.

    Thanks for the info! It came at the perfect time 😉

  • Sam

    Great article,

    My father had me swimming at 6 months and later on I became a life guard in my late teens. Swimming lessons are very popular in our town and I think it’s a great idea to start them young.

  • My Goddaughter is actually 5 years old now and I thought about her right away. I guess it would be a great time for her to start. I wish that I had swimming lessons at such an early age because now I can swim but not too much, I don’t feel very comfortable getting under water. You won’t believe if I say that I dived in 5 meters depth once! But the good thing that I could breathe easily with all the equipment so it wasn’t that bad.

    Although I believe and agree with you that it’s important to teach kids swimming as soon as possible.

  • Brianna

    I have always known that is important that kids know how to swim. Especially myself, living in a place where I’m surrounded by lakes and water activities, have always known that I’ll teach my children (when I have them of my own) how to swim and to start swimming lessons when they’re young just like I did! I think for any parent this is an important article if you’re looking for information about when to start your children in swimming lessons. Even if you don’t live in a place surrounded by water children should still learn how to swim so that they can be safe in and around the water perhaps if they’re on a vacation where water is more prevalent or even pool and bathtub safety. Thanks for the great information!

  • Hi Efi,

    This article reminds me of the sudden interest for children’s swimming lessons after our very own Joseph Schooling won Gold Medal in the 2016 Olympics for the men100 m butterfly (first ever gold medal for Singapore).

    He started swimming at 4 (same age as when my daughter started except that she didn’t go on to win medals). I understand you suggest here that children ought to start swimming lessons at age 5 because I guess that’s the age where children can take in instructions better.

    While Schooling was disciplined enough to make swimming more than just a sport and went on winning medals (with his parents spending in excess of $1 million for his training and development, he deserves it!), I agree with you that lessons should be provided to children as acquisition of a great skill.

    Why I feel swimming is something children should learn? Well, swimming is something that you can do not only as a form of exercise but also as recreation – for instance when you go on vacation to beach resorts. It’s something that I wished I had learn myself!

  • I have two young kids and for some reasons I wondered if I should start them with swimming lessons. I have not done that yet and I am going to wait until they are 5.

    It makes sense to me that it is better to teach swimming to kids who can follow instructions properly….5+ yrs is a perfect time.

    I will also hold off on purchasing swimming aids for them. As you said it is better to not rely on them.

    Thank you for answering my questions.

  • Great article, I agree getting young ones into the water at a very young age definitely helps with their confidence. A friend of mind is a swim coach…he had his baby in the water not long after it was born. They naturally know how to hold their breath when placed under the water at that age. Unfortunately I introduced my son to the pool when he was 3…it took him sometime before he found the confidence to place his head under the water.

  • Great article. Both my kids started when they were three and ended up becoming State swimmers. We also live by the beach so it was essential for us to make sure our kids could swim early.

  • Hi thanks for this article I’ve learned a few tips here and there. I have a nephew now and I will sure give some tips to her when the moment arrives. I didn’t know what even with swimming aids a child can be in danger in the water. That’s very useful to know !

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