What is the Best Age to Teach Your Child to Swim?

List: Posted: 08/10/11

Learning to swim is important, and every child should know how.  However, many parents hotly debate what the right age is for them to start their child off with swimming lessons.  Some take their infants to classes, while other children don’t learn to swim until they are in their teens. 

One study showed that the majority of children learn to swim well when they are around five years old.  At this age, they have more coordination and a longer attention span, which means they can fully grasp the physical techniques involved in learning to swim.  However, you may still want to expose them to water at a much younger age so that they will be able to learn to enjoy it and not be afraid of the water.

If your child is younger than five and shows an interest in learning to swim properly, there is no harm in teaching them.  Make sure that you are very careful in the water with your child, and never force a child to learn to swim if he or she isn’t ready. 


Throwing your children into the pool to teach them, or to make a joke, is a horrible idea.  It can cause phobias, resentment, and it is dangerous if they breathe in water or you find you can't get to them in time.  Remember, you wouldn’t want anyone to toss you out of a plane to teach you how to use a parachute - that is how your child feels about water before they can swim.

Whenever your children are in or near the water, you must watch them no matter their age.  Even if they are good swimmers, you need to have both eyes fixed on the child at all times so that there are no accidents or tragedies.

Swimming Lessons

    The mission of Potomac Swim School is to teach children to swim in a safe, caring, positive, and fun environment. With your help, we also strive to encourage the development of your children’s self-esteem, confidence, responsibility and love of the water. We recognize that each child is an individual with different emotional and developmental needs and abilities. We cater each lesson to those needs. Beginners will focus on water acclimation, floating and kicking skills. Advanced swimmers focus on the various strokes such as freestyle and backstroke, then progress to butterfly and breaststroke. Your swimmers will also learn valuable safety rules and survival skills. Warm Environment In the Water At Potomac Swim School you will find a facility that was built for the sole purpose of teaching swim lessons. Potomac Swim School has warm water, 89 degrees and warm air, 91 degrees. The temperatures are conducive to young children learning to swim because they are extremely comfortable. Our shallow pool is perfect for children to learn to swim. It gives them enough depth that they cannot touch the bottom, which aids in learning to swim, but we do use platforms in the pool on which they can stand when needed. PSS teaches children beginning at six-months old through 11-years old. Swim lessons taught at an early age benefit children with safety, water comfort and the development of gross motor, emotional, intellectual, and socials skills. It is fun and easier to teach children at an early age how to swim before they develop fear or apprehension of the water. With a focus on beginner swimmers, PSS continues to work with children whose skills advance to the refinement of such strokes as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Each class level is specifically designed to provide age-appropriate instruction. Warm Environment Out of the Water Potomac Swim School prides itself on excellent customer service. In today’s world so much of our lives are rushed and customer service is often forgotten. Come in to our facility where you will be greeted with a smile and a hello. Sit down, relax and enjoy watching your children learn to swim from our parent observation room. We love interacting with your children in and out of the water. Most of all we love their smiles and hugs. All of our children deserve a smile from us as well. We are not trying to be the best in customer service in swimming; we are striving to be the best in customer service, period. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let us know. PSS is centered around the following standards and values: health and safety, teaching according to the PSS curriculum, loyalty, dedication and confidentiality of our clientele, and sincere love and care for the PSS families.

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