Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise – for both children and adults – but many parents often have the same question: “When should my child begin taking swimming lessons?”
Learning to swim earlier does not necessarily result in better swimming skills later in life. In fact, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps did not start until he was 7!
Until recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that children should not begin swimming lessons until after their 4th birthday, but it has recently loosened its position. Truly, the timing has more to do with developmental readiness than a particular age. Read more on the Primrose Pointers for Parents blog.