Swimming Lessons for my 3 year old

July 9, 2012

Over the past three weeks now, Andrew (my 3 1/2 year old) has been in swimming lessons.
The local pool is about a block away from our house – and they have lessons for ‘tots’ – who otherwise don’t know how to swim.

They spend a lot of time in the kiddie pool, playing games, singing songs, and learning the fundamentals of swimming, like blowing bubbles, submerging their faces in the water, and kicking.

Pool and children

Andrew spent more time playing – and didn’t like to conform to what the rest of the class was doing… So he was assigned his very own teacher.  Most of the other teachers had 2-3 kids.

boy with coach at waterslide

To my surprise, they had the tots ‘jumping’ off the diving board (a.k.a. the teacher handing the tot to the teacher in the water..) But since Andrews teacher was the ‘catcher’ – he got to do it about 8 times… He *loved* it!

toddler on the dive board

Overall, it was a great experience for him. Every day for two weeks he was in the water – each day getting more and more comfortable with it. 

Boy with swim coach

He loved his teacher Sam – they became great buds.  And most likely because of the awesome one on one attention he got – he even advanced to Level 1 swim lessons (with the 5 year olds!) so we enrolled him right away!

Swin Steps Swim Team Badge

As part of the SwimWays Swim Team – I’m proud to report that because he’s doing so well with swimming – we’re advancing him to Swim Step 3 – which I’m really excited for with their Orca Whale Swim Assist.

Sea Squirts Swim Assist - Medium

So Cute, Right?

This past weekend we’ve spent time up at my mom’s cabin swimming in the lake all day – and got even more comfortable with the water!

I’d love to enroll my 1 1/2 year old Ethan into swimming lessons, and I know he’d totally be ready to participate – and a LOT more compliant – but he’s too young Sad smile

What has your experience been with swimming lessons for your toddlers?


  1. Harmony B says:

    I havent had the oppotunity to put my kids in swim class but I would love to. It would be much safer for them and peace of mind for me.

  2. kelly willis says:

    i got luck i was on swim team so got got to teach my own how to swim i loved it

  3. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    We plan on doing swim lessons when our children are older. My niece had lessons and she loved it! Looks like he having a great time!

  4. My 2 1/2 year old hasn’t taken lessons yet I think we will wait until next summer when he is 3 1/2. We just came back from the pool a few hours ago and he was jumping in and letting me catch him for the first time.

  5. I remember doing swim lessons.

  6. My kids took lessons as well, at a very young age. I didn’t want them to turn out like their mother. My fear of the water is much greater than my want to swim. I wish I had learned at a young age. I even took lessons as an early teen and graduated a non swimmer. They said I couldn’t trust enough to get over my fear. Cudos to you for doing this for your kids.

  7. Vickie Couturier says:

    its never too young to learn how to swim,espically with Toddlers,,they usually the ones found drowned,,so good for you for getting him started

  8. kelly willis says:

    wow my kids would love that pool

  9. Nice photos! Love the sharpness of them. Cudos to your son on learning to swim.

  10. Swimming is a life-long sport and it’s good to get kids started early. This looks like a great program.

  11. wow, I took my grandson for swimming lessons that were not even half as much fun as these. You’re lucky!

  12. Maureen says:

    I have been really wanting to get my kids some swim lessons. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Jennifer Hedden says:

    My niece enrolled in swimming lessons at the local pool and didn’t really learn much. So she had one on one lessons and can now swim. There is nothing better than swimming in a cool pool in the summer.

  14. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I have been asking my daughter to put my grandson in swimming classes. It is SO important…so glad to see you have done this. He seems to be doing well.

  15. Learning to swim is so important! Love the swim vest!

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