What if My Child Doesn't Want to Learn to Swim?


  We’ve had many little fish come through our doors a little apprehensive about the water. In fact, it’s relatively common. The good news? We have helped over a thousand children overcome their fear. Helping those hesitant swimmers gain the self-confidence it takes to succeed in the water is so important to us because swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.


Look at this way—what if your child did not want to buckle up in their car seat? Would you drive without them being secured? Whether they like it or not, learning to swim is just as critical.


Here are several ways to help your child in their swim lessons:


  1. Bring a friend. A little peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing. Sign your little fish up for swim lessons with his or her friend who loves to swim, and perhaps when your little one sees them swimming with ease, he or she will be excited too.


  1. Bring a favorite waterproof toy. A familiar comfort object that they can bring into the pool with them can provide a sense of security. If they do not have an item, Little Fishes Swim School has a basket of toys for your child to choose from.


  1. Let our experienced instructors work their magic. At Little Fishes, fearful and timid children grow into confident swimmers every day. Even if it takes a while, we have the patience and dedication to keep working toward success.


  1. Know that the sooner a child works through their fear, the less time it will take. The earlier a child’s fear is addressed, the less stressful it is to overcome. If ignored, fear of water is not something children typically outgrow. In fact, the longer it lingers, the more engrained it becomes and the harder it will be to overcome.


We know how hard it can be working with a child who doesn’t quite want to be a little fish yet. But the most important thing is to take small first steps, enlist some extra help, and stay by your child’s side with enthusiastic and empathetic words every stroke of the way.