The Best Age to Start Swimming Lessons

Swimming Advice

Key takeaways:

  • Learning to swim is a vital life skill!
  • Baby swimming is great for getting little ones used to being in and around water.
  • We’ve found the best age is around two and half/three years old.
  • It’s never too late to learn to swim!

What is the best age to learn to swim?”, “When should my child start swimming lessons?”, and “Is it too late to start swimming lessons?” are questions I get asked all the time by parents.

Two children, each wearing a Turtle Pack Swimming Aid, are on the side of a swimming pool laughing

As a swimming teacher with 15 years’ experience, and a parent with a baby swimmer myself, I fully understand the importance of getting my little turtle water confident from a very young age.

Swimming is fundamental to a child’s development and boasts a wide variety of benefits:

  • Improves coordination, flexibility, balance, and posture.
  • Helps build a strong healthy heart.
  • Improves lung capacity.
  • Improves memory function.

On a very practical level, learning to swim is simply the ability to perform movements with your arms & legs that will propel you through the water. At my swim school, we start children at 2 and a half years, as before then I find that children lack the concentration, memory, and motor skills to learn to swim effectively. It’s also why Turtle Pack’s swimming floats are designed for kids aged 2 and upwards.

It can also be tricky to manage the behaviour of kids younger than this without having their parents present; from listening to instructions to not taking bites out of swim floats! 🤣

Whilst I think that structured swimming lessons are best for kids aged 2 and a half, baby swimming classes are excellent for building water confidence and bonding with your child in and out of the swimming pool.

You can also begin your child’s swimming journey from somewhere much closer to home…the bath! As a new parent, my wife and I make a big deal about bath time, as it’s such a great way to build our little one’s water confidence on a daily basis by splashing his face, getting him used to being in water and even blowing bubbles!

If your child is a little bit older and hasn’t started formal lessons yet then don’t worry! It really is never too late to learn to swim and many of our trade customers offer one-to-one or small group classes for older kids, teenagers, and adults too.

I hope the above info has been useful; please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to ask any questions about your child’s learn to swim journey!

A little girl is wearing a TMNT Swim Float and is sitting in a swimming pool next to Michael Harkins

Michael Harkins is the founder of Turtle Pack and has been a swimming teacher for over 15 years. He has been named “Swimming Teacher of the Year” and has won a number of high-profile entrepreneurship awards for his work in the creation of the Turtle Pack Swimming Aid.