Starting Lessons Later
It is important to understand that not all people commence swimming lessons from birth. It is a common misconception that if children do not start from birth, than they are incapable of catching up and therefore cannot achieve great swimming skills. Forty years teaching experience has shown that the children who are regularly exposed to the water are the ones who truly excel.
Let’s compare two children of the same age. One child started conditioning from birth yet only attends the pool once a month. One child started lessons at 18 months but attends the pool twice a week and practices swimming activities at home in the bath. It is common sense that the child who receives regular practice is more confident, relaxed and therefore can become more independently mobile in the water.
Parents should not feel guilty if they start their child late. Parents should however make the commitment to teach their child to swim and follow through by regularly exposing them to the water. Learning to swim is perfect for bonding between parent and child.