At the Farnsworth Swim School, we believe that the younger that children learn to swim, the better. We start as young as 1 yrs old. Swimming is like learning a language. The younger you learn, the easier it is and the more likely you are to master it. When babies are in the womb, they are in the water comfortably. Therefore, learning to swim is a natural next step.
The longer that parents waits without any exposure to the water, the more fear can set in. Crying is completely natural part of the process as well. We recommend that parents step outside if it seems like a distraction. Some of our best swimmers over the last 35 yrs cried for 2-3 weeks when they were young and are now swimming triathlons.
Even when they are crying, they are still learning and although it may seem like baby steps, it’s better than waiting. Waiting does a disservice to the child. They are actually learning a great deal and usually on the 4th or 5th day of an 8 day session, they stop crying and are more comfortable. As a result, they are ready to take huge leaps! I recommend a minimum of 8 days & even better 3 weeks!
We teach all levels at the Farnsworth Swim School from beginning to advanced, including adults, triathletes and stroke refinement for swim team.