Swimming lessons can start as young as age 1, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently said. This is a change from their old guidelines encouraging swimming lessons to start at age 4. Check out this article about the shift.
What's with the policy change? Some studies have shown that a toddler might be less likely to drown if he's had some swimming lessons.
But the AAP says not all kids are ready for swimming lessons when they're 1, so it's up to parents to decide the right time.
The good news is that drowning deaths in children have declined in the past five years. The bad news is that 1 in 8 public pools is disgusting!
If you have a pool or plan a lot of swimming trips this summer, check out this pool safety checklist.