What Age To Start Swimming Lessons With a Baby

What Age To Start Swimming Lessons With a Baby

As a parent, ensuring your child’s safety around water is a top priority. At Baby Otter Swim School, we understand the importance of building water confidence from an early age and making swimming lessons a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both parents and babies. That’s why we’re here to provide expert guidance on the ideal age to start swimming lessons with your baby.


Why Start Early?

Drowning can tragically occur at any age, but children under the age of 3 are at a higher risk. This is why we emphasize the importance of teaching even the youngest children how to swim. Our Turn, Kick, Reach® method is not only age-appropriate but also highly effective for children as young as nine months. We believe that starting swimming lessons early lays a foundation for lifelong water safety skills.

Age-Appropriate Lessons

While newborns can technically start learning to swim from birth, it’s more common for baby swimming lessons to begin around 3 months of age or slightly later. At Baby Otter Swim School, we consider starting when your baby can crawl, which is as early as 9 months. However, there’s no need to rush if you feel your infant isn’t ready yet. At Baby Otter Swim School, we prioritize creating a comfortable and supportive environment for both babies and parents, ensuring that lessons progress at a pace that suits each child’s individual readiness and comfort level.

Building Confidence and Skills

Starting swimming lessons at an early age not only enhances water safety but also promotes overall confidence and development. Just like with any skill, the earlier we start, the more confident and capable we become. Swimming from a young age can make bath time easier, improve cognitive development, and lay the groundwork for a lifetime of enjoyment in the water.

Expert Guidance

At Baby Otter Swim School, we’re dedicated to providing expert guidance and support every step of the way. Our experienced instructors specialize in teaching children of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs. We understand that every child is unique, and we tailor our approach to ensure that each baby feels safe, supported, and empowered in the water.



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Expert Advice from Baby Otter Swim School

When it comes to starting swimming lessons with your baby, trust your instincts and consider their individual readiness. Whether your baby is nine months old or a bit older, Baby Otter Swim School is here to provide a warm and trusting environment where your child can learn essential water safety skills while having fun and building confidence. Contact us today to start your child’s swimming journey!