DD just turned 4. in our district, she can enroll in preschool level swim lessons this summer, for 3-4 year olds. alternatively, she can enroll in level 1 swim lessons, which includes kids age 4 - 12. she took preschool level last year and did very well with it. she is not afraid in the least, and is actually learning to kick in the water, float, etc. the lessons are taught by a lifeguard, who is in the water with the kids. the parents just watch from the pool deck.
my SIL is interested in enrolling their son, who is 3, in the same class with DD. her son is very afraid of the water. he is actually afraid of many many things. my DD is very unafraid, and in the past it has proven successful for my DD to get her son to do things, as the younger one follows the older one.
but i'm on the fence for what to do re: what level of swim lessons to enroll her in. ie, i don't want my DD to be "held back" by her cousin's reluctance in the water. also, they have a tendency to goof off together, and the swim lessons are too expensive and too important to spend time doing that.
i spoke with the lifeguard manager about what is the appropriate level of swim lessons for her. bottom line: she could be in either group: preschool level (including 3-4 yos only) or level 1 (including 4-12 yos.) actually, the manager said DD could probably go on to level 2.
SIL's kid could only be in preschool level, as he is 3 and still afraid of the water.
i guess i'm looking for opinions, but as i write this out, it becomes more clear to me that i should not put DD in preschool just as a prop to help her cousin be less afraid of the water. we've got to do what's right for HER.
did your 4 year old take swim lessons with only 3-4 year olds? or did he/she take swim lessons with older kids who were also beginner swimmers?
the only other variable is that the preschool level lessons tend to be smaller groups, although there is no guarantee of any class size. last summer, DD's preschool level swim lessons had only one other kid... who was also afraid of the water BTW. and a considerable amount of class time was devoted to the lifeguard trying to coax the other kid into doing things... things that my DD did quickly and willingly.
maybe i should just go ahead and move her up to level 1, and if there are older kids for her to follow along with that will be a good thing.