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Dad’s guide to choosing a swim class (for kids 2-5)

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 22-06-2007

If it’s summer where you are, then people are likely swimming.
And wherever there is water, there’s ‘water danger’ for kids. That’s why most parents’ first choice
of a class for their kids happens to be basic swimming class. Here are a few common questions and
answers for swimming classes.

At what age should my child be
ready for swimming class?

You can jump in the pool anytime with your baby in a pool
just by yourself or in an organized toddler session. However, to put a child in the pool with just a
teacher and other kids, you should wait until the child is 3 years old. Under this age, kids just
aren’t ready to take direction and be safe in the water.

If your child is a bit older and
hasn’t had much experience in the water or is afraid of the pool, consider taking a class with him
or her to build up confidence.

What can I expect in a
children’s intro swimming class?

A good water-orientation or water-play classes will
allow your child to play in the water and get used to the experience with the security of having you
close by. You’ll also learn games and songs to play in the water. Most importantly, you’ll learn
how to get in and out of the pool with a little child and how to handle your child while in the

– Paul Banas


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