Water play and swimming can be a lifelong pleasure for those who become comfortable in and around water at a young age. Introducing children to water safety and basic swimming techniques provides a foundation that can last a lifetime.
Research shows that if a child doesn't learn to swim by the 3rd Grade, that he/she will most likely never learn how to swim. Swimming lessons are beneficial at any age however; the younger children start the more they will develop a comfort level with the water. The more opportunities they have to be exposed to the water, the better they will be protected in the water.