We hear it, “I thought it was too late to start swim lessons.” It’s a two-fold statement, really. Some believe that their children (or they themselves) are too old. Others believe they’ve missed the swim lesson “season,” whatever that is.
But both statements have the same, simple answer: It’s never too late.
Let’s start with age. Sure, we encourage parents to get their babies in swim lessons as early as 4 months old, to acclimate them to the water, to bond, to give them a splishy-splashy foundation from the very beginning, because the reality is that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death in children ages 1-4 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But what if the baby years are in your rear-view mirror, and you’re staring down the pre-teen years in the not-too-distant future? Still not too late.
Why? Because our comprehensive swim curriculum has been developed over decades, taking everything we’ve learned in the course of millions of annual swim lessons in 14 countries, and crafted it into a system of water safety education designed for a lifetime of water safety. Each lesson is geared toward making every person — regardless of age — a safe and confident swimmer into adulthood…even if adulthood is already upon them.
Next up? Swim lesson “season.” So, you didn’t enroll your little ones during the pre-summer swim lesson buzz. That’s ok! Because water is present in more seasons than summer. Fall, winter, spring — these seasons have bathtubs and buckets of water, ponds and rivers, lakes and oceans. These seasons have neighbors with backyard pools and boating activities, indoor water parks and hotel pools. And because drowning can happen in as few as 20 seconds in as little as 2 inches of water, swim lessons should be a year-round activity in every home until children have learned all of the water safety skills they need to carry them into adulthood.
So the answer is simple. It’s never, ever too late to begin swim lessons.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, every single life is important to us. Whether it’s a 4 month old in Nebraska or a 12 year old in Nigeria, we believe that every person deserves to have the swimming skills they need for a lifetime of safety.