When to Start Teaching Children to Swim

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Teaching your child to swim is one of the important milestones in your parenting life. Most of the development up to this point has been quite natural, from talking to crawling to walking, but the prospect of swimming requires you to be slightly more active and in charge compared to those other things!

Here at Darwin Pools, we love setting families up with swimming pools so that they can have fun for years to come, but the learning to swim part is always the most important to ensure maximum safety!

Take it from us swimming pool contractors, here is some advice for when is the best time to start teaching your children how to swim.

  • In general terms, is it recommended that the ideal age to start teaching your child to swim is around four years old. Four years old is the landmark age at which experts believe that a child is developmentally ready to start taking on the challenge of real swimming lessons. 
  • That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t introduce your child to the water before then. For those with home pools especially, any kind of supervised and strictly observed activity in the water can be helpful in advancing the aquatic skills of a little one. 
  • A child can start to actually grasp the motor function of ‘real swimming’ from four years old, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be given the opportunity to become familiar with the feel of the water and sensations of being in a swimming pool before then.
  • It is absolutely vital in these early years to make sure that you are always with your child in the water, along with equipping them with all of the safest and most appropriate swimming aids.

If you are going to start this journey soon and think that a new home pool is the best option, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are swimming pool contractors with years of practical experience, and there will always be a member of the team on hand to take your call and answer any questions that you might have.

We look forward to hearing from you!

For more on pool information, read our previous blog on which pool is right for your home!