How long does it take to learn to swim?
It is nearly impossible to predict the amount of time it takes for child to learn to swim as there are many factors that will determine how a child progresses. These factors include, but are not limited to, the age a child starts swimming lessons, the frequency and consistency in which a child attends lessons, the child comfort level in water which is directly related to the child’s sensory system and spatial awareness, past experiences in water, and goals of the parents. As with any sport, learning to swim is a process, not an event, with an infinite amount improvement that can be made and knowledge that can be learned. We don’t typically ask, “how long does it take to learn to play football?” In learning to swim there is a basic guideline to the ages that certain skills can be accomplished, and if a student starts swimming as an infant is likely to follow this timeline outline below:
0-24 months: Breath control, back floating, and the ability to “self-rescue” (rollover and float)
2 years - 3 Years: Independent swimming using coordinated movements of the arms and legs
3 years and up: Swimming strokes with proper technique
Again, this is a rough timeline of abilities based on age, some students can accomplish this skills earlier in life ands for others it may take significantly longer. It is important to remember that with time and consistency every child can and will learn to swim comfortably.