I am a former competitive swimmer, lifeguard, swim instructor, etc...basically having anything and everything to do with being in, on and around the water! So I started teaching my boys when they were 5 months old. By the time they were 3 1/2 (winter babies) they were "dog paddling" and putting their face in teh water to blow bubbles, with their eyes open. Now at ages 8 and 6 they are swimming overhand front crawl/freestyle, and backcrawl/backstroke completely independently. I am teaching my older son breastroke this summer. I hope to start them on a local swim team in the fall, but for now they just enjoy playing--and I want them to decide what they want to do--sports wise.
I think it's WONDERFUL that your child is learning to swim! If you can afford it I would see about continuing lessons at the Y into the fall/winter. The younger you start the better--before they develop a fear of the water!
at 6:51 PM on Jun. 24, 2010