Has your kid learnt to swim?

@dentidle (293)
Switzerland
June 8, 2007 2:20am CST
My son is 4, im confused if to send him to a swimming camp this early!!!
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@Kowgirl (3492)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Honey it is never too early to teach children how to survive in the water. There is a technique used to teach children how to roll and float that every child should know. Too many parents put this off and use the excuse that they are too young. When my children were growing up they could swim before they could walk. Thank God for this as my daughter crawled out the back door and went straight into the pool. When I found her she was floating on her back with a smile on her face. My oldest boy had left the gate open to the pool. So don't think a safety fence is all you need.They will learn not to panic when they fall in and thats the main thing. More children drown every day because they panic when they fall into the water. Knowing what to do could save his life some day.
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• United States
8 Jun 07
I don't think 4 is too early. We wanted to take my son for swimming lessons because he loves being in the water, so we wanted to make sure he knew the basics, he was 5 and he did very well. My daughter is 4 and we will probably sign her up for swimming lessons this Fall at an indoor pool. I think every child is different and at 4 he should be able to let you know if it is something he is ready to do.
@tholitz (1127)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
They say it is better to learn swimming at an early age. My children are very fond of water and they love to swim. My problem is whenever I told them that I will enroll them in swimming lesson, they will just back-out because they are afraid of the instructor and what they do to the little children (throwing in the pool). Right now what I'm doing is to always put swimming schedule in our family time hoping that they will learn on their own.
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@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
9 Jun 07
Swim safely - Be safe at all times.
My sons are 3 and 6. Both can already swim. We started them while they were 6 months old. You are the best judge to decide if your child is ready. See his water confidence level. Are you comfortable with the coach? Does the coach have too many students under his care? If your son is all too eager to jump into the pool, is he aware of the safety rules he must adhere to? Rules like no running? No shoes in the pool? Sunblock at all times? etc... I think the best thing i did for my children is to introduce them to the pool. They are water babies. We just got back from our snorkelling trip and the kids had a blast swimming with and feeding the fish. All the best! - Lyn
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Four is not too early to learn how to swim. There are swimming lessons for kids as young as 18 months. A four year old should definitely know how to swim as they are more than old enough to put themselves into a situation where they could need to know how to swim. Plus if you put in him summer camp, he will need to know how to swim to go on all of the activities. In my opinion, a child that is mobile should start swimming lessons.
@HighReed1 (1127)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I made sure all of the kids related to me knew how to swim. We would take them to the boatdock to swim with us and they would jump to our arms with arm floaties on. Since we are around water alot I thought it was best they knew. I don't think 4 is too early at all. It is a useful skill that may come in handy some day.
• Ecuador
9 Jun 07
My son is 2 and I've takem him to swimming classes. I stopped going because it was so much presasure for him because he was scared of water and the instructor wanted all kids follow the same rithm. Otherwise I see no problem on takig them to the pool and helping them to get used to water. I'd say that a 4yo should learn to swim with the help of one of his/her parents, so going to a swimming camp is something I won't recommend for a little guy, but of course it depends on each family.
• United States
8 Jun 07
Sky swimming - This is Skylar swimming at age 2 years old:)
Hello there,I say sure why not..I have a boy and hes 4 and hes been swimming since he was 2 years old..i mean really swimming no floaties required..lol.I would take him tot he beach and our local pool,.and on family days at the YMCA and taught himmyself..dont get me wrong we started with the YMCA Bubbles as they calll it and i strongly suggest you try to get one if u have a YMCA in ur area, they dont totaly hold them up but gives them help and even some security at first..but within 2 weeks he was swimming..i know all kids are different..but i have also taught some friends children to swim as well..they just have to get over the fear if they have it..so start out slowly..but since u want to send him to a camp..they will have everything they need..so sure go ahead! He wil love it!!
@archer1811 (1099)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
Hi! my son was 4 years old then, when he learned how to swim, i remember when he was just 2 to 3 and we go to the beach, he cried so much and afraid of water, but now that he knows how to swim you cant get him go away in the pool, maybe for your son try to send him on that camp at least an early experience in his life will be a great experience for him, but of course you will be on his side always, dont just let him go without you.
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
8 Jun 07
My daughter going swimming - Katelyn getting in the pool.
I think the earlier you introduce your child to swimming lessons the better. My first born went at 8 months old and swims like a fish now! My daughter is 6 and just took lessons this past year. I wish I had started her much earlier. She is now a bit more timid in trying the different activities. I would definitely say 4 is a good age to start him.
@Amit1975 (204)
• India
8 Jun 07
You have a son of 4. I think, it will be better, if he is mature enough to do some kind of physical work at home. If he can swim, then, it is ok.
@smartmom (827)
• United States
8 Jun 07
In my opinion it is never too early to start introducing your child to water. At age four it should not be about swimming performance, but more about becoming familiar with what to do around water, and about becoming confident in the water. I have several friends (adults, who are scared to go swimming, and they have always told me to start my kids of early, as to prevent the same thing from happening to my kids. I took my sons to the indoor pool at around three months. Of course it was a special warmed pool for babies. They have always loved water, and at age three I sent my oldest son for water lessons for six months. He never learnt how to swim, but he did learn a lot of important lessons in regards to water, and he also began learning the early steps of swimming and floating. My son is now five, but he still cannot swim, but I know that when time is ripe he will be able to. Last september we went to Key West with the kids, and my husband decided that it was time for my oldest son to get confident having his head under water. I cannot tell you how much I will warn any parent from pressuring your child in such a way. My son is now scared of getting his head under water, and only recently have I been able to get him more at peace with water again. He completely refuses to go with his dad in the water now.
• India
8 Jun 07
my son is 8 months old.. i took him to the pool last week and he enjoyed it.. he does move his legs and hands in the a manner used for swimming..i think this is a nice way to get kids aquinted with the pool
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
8 Jun 07
My son is 4 also, and had his first lessons late last year. At the moment, it is a confidence thing, but once he gets his confidence I think he will be fine. I believe the earlier they get use to the pool and to lessons, the easier they learn.
@andyvish (901)
• India
8 Jun 07
I dont think 4 is an age to learn swimming. Let the child grow for another two years and let him have the instincts for learning new things as part of the growth. And then that is time when the child learns natural agility and alongwith it a possible resurrection in his learning campeign.