We are trying to decide if swim lessons would benefit our 15 month old son.

Michelle - posted on 03/02/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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He already loves the water, both his bath time and last spring we had a pool installed and so we were in it with him alot. We also too him to Cedar Point and an indoor water park. Our local YMCA offers 'mommy and me' classes but it is simply getting them use to water. I am not convinced we should spend the $ until he is older (looks like 3 yrs of age) when they start teaching them more 'swimming' skills. Thoughts? I now worry with our pool being in the backyard but with close supervision, and some CPR classes maybe best options?. I am still looking on google but don't see any true swim lessons for his age yet in our area (Columbus OHIO) and all reputable sources say that his age is too young to learn to swim or understand safety (safety is my #1 concern). I know they sale all kinds of security alarms but seems like they are false sense of security and my intent is not to just let him run around on his own, just trying to do all I can as a parent for his safety and hope he loves the water as much as we do since we have a pool!

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Karina - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hello, i feel very strongly about swimming lessons. in Australia (where i live) there has been so many toddlers drowned in the past couple months, it is shocking and can be prevented by staring lessons early. My son Isaac started when he was 9 months old and has progressed well, now he swims without a back float and he knows if he falls in 'to go to the edge'.

He is 3yrs and 5months now and i feel that the sooner you start the safer you will be.

(my niece on the other hand, is the same age as my son and because her mum works full-time she 'doesnt have time' to take her to lessons...they have a pool in their backyard and she has almost drowned 3 times....the next time it could be too late!)



My advise is take him asap.



good luck and happy swimming!



karina (australia)

Denise - posted on 03/02/2009

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It's great to get your son comfortable in the water, but I don't think those classes where they throw babies in the water are a good idea. You can't waterproof your child, no matter what an instructor might tell you. It sounds like you are doing the right thing by supervising your child around the pool. I think as long as you take him swimming on a regular basis, he won't benefit greatly from lessons until he can participate on his own, at around age 3.

Gabrielle - posted on 03/02/2009

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My daughter started lessons around age 2, and she loves them. They do lessons there starting at 6 months. Even if your son doesn't learn to actually swim for a while, it's more pool fun, and they may be able to teach him to roll onto his back and float, which is good for safety, how to climb out, how to grab onto a safety ring, etc. And you should still put a locking gate around your pool. CPR is good, but best is if he never hs a chance to fall in, in the first place.

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hi!

my 9 month old daughter started swimming lessons at 2.5 months old. Although they are a bit pricey i think it is a great life skill to have and starrt young. i started swimming lessons when i was 12 months and i am an advanced swimmer - having played waterpolo for 6 years.

my daughter is only 9 months but can already make her way to the edge of the pool if she is let go. she is paddling and kicking. i have found that alot of the kids who are older who start swimming lessons are more afraid and the younger ones have grown up with it. Although swimming lessons are designed to be fun, they incorparate safety in them even at 3 months old (eg. finding your way to the edge of the pool).

Michelle i think you would be helping your child achieve such an important life skill - with these swimming skills he may be able to even save someone one day or himself!

good luck

Christina - posted on 03/02/2009

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welll....The comfort thing is good, However I have experienced both and found it valuable to wait till 3 when the lesson has a bit more to offer in skill

Esther - posted on 03/02/2009

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Just a short follow-up - My son was 6 months as I said, I see yours is 15 months old so he may be able to learn & remember more, in which case it could be beneficial. We did the 6-18 month course twice and decided to wait until the next course now before we take it up again so at 18 months.

Esther - posted on 03/02/2009

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We've been taking swimming lessons at our YMCA since our son was 6 months old (earliest they will take them) but it's really more for fun than anything else I think. The Y claims that it also has safety benefits as they teach them how to climb out of the water (sort off) and that when they go in the water they have to turn to the edge of the pool right away and move back in that direction. They also try to teach them to blow bubbles in the water so they know not to inhale the water but breath out. However, I really don't think that if my son was to fall into the water, he'd remember any of that. Maybe I'm wrong, but would be surprised. So again, in my view, it was more about fun with mom (or in our case dad) than anything else.

Debbie - posted on 03/02/2009

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You absolutely have to get him swimmimg ASAP. I used to take my youngest for lessons from the age of 5 months old. Its great that you have the pool too. The lessons over here in the UK mean that you get in with them aswell, so safety is fine. I dont know how things work over there. Being in the water as much as possible builds confidence and that will spur him on to learn instructions quickly, without fear. You will be surprised how much he does understand at his age. Have fun and enjoy it!

Mindy - posted on 03/02/2009

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I had my son is lessons since he was 6 months old. Its the best thing that I could possibly do for my child.

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