Swimming is a life skill and should not be optional. According to ROSPA, on average 40-50 children drown per year in the UK.
I know someone who, when he was at primary school, hated swimming lessons, I don’t know if it was because he was self-conscious of his body or what, but his mother would wrote him a note so he did not have to participate in swimming lessons. I don’t think she did him any favours. As an adult he eventually enrolled in adult swimming classes but will never be fully at ease in the water, he looks like one of those water boatman, arms rigid and barely breaking the surface tension!
This is one of the biggest reasons we put Madame into swimming lessons at a very young age (4 months). In the early days it was probably more of a social thing for me as a new mum but I’m now overjoyed that at 3.5 years old she can now swim 10m on her own. This is one less worry for us now when we go on holiday or are around water as we know that if she falls in the water, heaven forbid we’re not around; she at least has a good chance of getting herself out.
Well done, Madame! We’re very proud of you!