Kids are very enthusiastic and fast learners and they possess an infinite curiosity. Therefore teaching them how to swim at an early age is a great thing since they have the potential to learn how to breathe, how to stay afloat, how to manage the speed and rhythm and the right strokes.
Parents should make sure that they are watching the kids at all times and at no point should kids be left alone or out of sight in the pool. This is true regardless of how shallow or small the pool may be. Parents should also try to take their kids to pools which are not overcrowded and have good standards in terms of sanitation, rules and regulations on showers and cleanliness, and at least one life guard on duty.
Parents should make sure that kids are exposed to expert training right from the beginning and not rely on incompetent or overconfident trainers who can expose them to wrong breathing and swimming techniques. This is crucial because unlearning bad techniques may prove to be harder than learning afresh.
Kids should be taught how to properly breathe while partially submerged in the pool so that they can retain as much energy as possible for the longest period of time. Care should be taken to emphasize that they do not ingest any water while breathing and do not inhale it during the time their heads are fully or partially submerged in water.
Kids should also be taught to keep their hands, palm of the hands, trunk and legs as straight as possible to make sure the body moves as hydro-dynamically as possible. The kids should be first taught the freestyle technique and later they can be taught breast stroke, back stroke and finally butterfly. There is no perfect age to learn swimming but kids as young as two years old can be introduced to the joys of swimming.