Out here in Southern California, almost everyone has a pool or easy access to one. And with that access and the arrival of children comes the inevitable question: What is the ideal age for starting swim lessons?
I had intended for Alex to take lessons early on, but the articles stating that the lessons don’t really stick until after age 4 sounded right. Alex was always reluctant to participate in directed activities at birthday parties or school, so that didn’t seem likely to change in swim class.
Besides, there was an ongoing debate: Do swim lessons for toddlers really help keep them safe? Or does it endanger them by making them unafraid of the water?
This LA Times story reports that lessons for children ages one to four helps keep them safe. But the study doesn’t seem very comprehensive, and the conclusion that “children who drowned were less skilled swimmers” is pretty much useless.
As always, this seems to be one of those, “consult your doctor and do what you think is best” situations. For us, I’m looking into getting Alex some lessons, and I’m thinking that I might as well get Tyler started too – they’re so close in age that it’s hard to keep Tyler from doing something that Alex is doing.