When Are Your Kids Ready for Swim Lessons?
Unless you are one of the lucky few, your three or four-year old is not going to tap you on the shoulder one day and say, “Mom, I am ready for swim lessons. Please sign me up at your earliest convenience.” In fact, even most older kids are not going to come up with the idea on their own (unless, of course, their best friend is doing it and loving every minute of it). So it’s up to us, the parents, to figure things out on our own—like many other things.
So how do you know if the time is right? Is there an ideal age? Even the experts don’t agree on the answer to that question. Most would say that if you have a backyard swimming pool, it’s never too early to get your kids into swim lessons. In fact, Infant Self-Rescue (ISR) is a program designed to train a baby 6-12 months of age to roll onto its back and float in the water.