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Learn to swim in a club

Getting a head start

It's great to learn to swim at an early age, not least because it's so much fun. Lots of schools now help children learn to swim, but you might like to let your child get a head start. As well as making sure they learn to swim with the best possible technique and in a safe environment, the benefits to a swim school are numerous.

Firstly of course there are the health benefits, such as developing strength and cardio stamina during swimming lessons. If your child is in a swim school with others their own age, it could also be a great way of making friends. When you learn to swim, you also learn to listen carefully, and use common sense. On a more serious note, being able to swim - or at least being comfortable in the water - could save a child's life. And last but not least, swim schools are great fun!

Finding a club or swim school

The ASA has dedicated pages where you can find a club or a swim school near you, choosing from over a thousand available across the country.

When you're choosing a swim school or club to help your child learn to swim, it's important to do your homework. If you're looking for beginner's lessons for a young child, a swim school with a qualified and friendly teacher is perfect. If your child is a little older and more experienced, a club could be the answer, ideally with swim21 accreditation and a good local reputation. But most importantly, make sure your child is enjoying swim school and trying their hardest, so they get the most out of learning to swim.

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