FAQ: At What Age Should My Child Begin Swimming Lessons?

At SwimWay begin teaching children in our parent and baby swimming lessons from as young as 3 months. From the age of 2 or 3 years, they can join our 1:1 and 1:2 lessons. However 1:2 lessons are only bookable once a child is 3 years old.

father and child swimming

At around 3-6 months, babies can begin to have fun in the swimming lessons. Children start to interact and become more aware of their surroundings and of others. Younger babies tend not to notice others and won’t benefit from the social group elements of the classes. We would rather recommend things to do in the bath at this age and encourage parents to ensure positive interactions with water for their child. You can read more about that in our previous article “What Can I Do To Prepare My Baby For Swimming Lessons?

Although you can start swimming at any age after 3 months,  SwimWay’s Parent & Baby Swimming Program recommends that:

“The benefits of teaching a child to swim early are that it is easier for them to adjust to the pool. A baby that has been swimming from a young age won’t remember a time when they couldn’t swim and will be more comfortable in the water.”

Another helpful FAQ article for you to have a look at if you are thinking about joining our parent and baby lessons is: “Parent And Baby Group Classes VS 1:1 Lessons“. Should your child be between the age of 2-3 years, this explains the benefits of group lessons VS 1:1 lessons at that age.