When Can Babies Start Swimming Lessons?


Introducing your little one to the world of water not only sparks joy but embarks them on a vital journey towards becoming confident swimmers.

Swimming lessons are more than just a fun activity; they are a crucial step in ensuring your babys safety and comfort around water. But when is the right time to start, and what benefits does it bring? Let’s dive in.


Why Should My Baby Learn to Swim?

Enrolling your child in swimming lessons offers more than just water fun. It’s a developmental leap! Studies have illuminated a fascinating fact: infants and children who embrace swimming by the age of five often hit developmental milestones ahead of their peers. This isn’t just about physical development; we’re talking about impressive strides in visual-motor skills, oral expression, and even literacy and numeracy skills. It’s like giving your child a developmental super boost!

Parents, too, have noticed a difference. Many report that swimming lessons pave the way for a smoother transition to kindergarten and school. It’s not just about learning to swim; it’s about building confidence, social skills, and a sense of independence.


When Is the Right Time to Start?

According to the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), it’s never too early. Children can develop a fear of water as they grow, making early introduction key to fostering a lifelong comfort and safety in water. While the ideal starting point might be around four months, most swim schools welcome little ones from six months onward. This timing ensures your infants neck and head muscles are adequately developed for swimming, alongside a matured gag reflex to prevent water ingestion.

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The Promise of Baby Swimming Lessons

Labelled as water familiarisation or safety classes, these sessions are not just about splashing around. They’re structured to make your child comfortable in water, teaching them essential skills such as kicking, floating, and even submerging safely. Renee Moran from AUSTSWIM likens this to a child learning to walk. “It’s a step-by-step process; before walking comes crawling, and similarly, before swimming comes floating and kicking. These foundational skills set the stage for future swimming success.”


Skills for Life: What Will My Baby Learn?

The curriculum might vary across swim schools, but the core skills taught in baby swimming classes provide a comprehensive foundation for water safety and enjoyment. At State Swim our Waterbabies program is designed to teach your swimmer water familiarisation, water safety and essential skills.


Our Waterbabies program teaches the following skills:

  • Submerging
  • Free Falling
  • Floating
  • “Monkeying” along the pool wall
  • Jumping into the pool
  • Leg kicking
  • Arm Movement


The Takeaway

Swimming lessons are an invaluable investment in your child’s safety, development, and future comfort with water. By starting early, you’re not only helping prevent a fear of water but also contributing to their physical and cognitive development.

You can use our Class Finder tool to find a class at a State Swim school near you.

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