Swim classes for children under the age of 4 years have become popular. Programs suggest there are benefits, such as early mastery of swimming skills, water safety, health, and fun.
Previously, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discouraged enrolling children in true swim lessons until 4 years of age. In 2010, the AAP changed their stance based upon a few studies suggesting toddlers may be less likely to drown if they’ve had swim lessons. Now they approve enrolling children after they reach 1 year of age. If you have already taught your child to enjoy the water, she may learn to swim more quickly. If you want to acquaint your infant with water, concentrate on having fun, not learning how to swim.