Iowa Swimming Pools and Spas

Adult teaching child to swim

The Swimming Pool and Spa Program recommends that all children and adults learn to swim through formal swimming lessons. Lessons alone are not sufficient to prevent drowning incidents as even the most proficient swimmers can drown where other protections are not in place but they provide an opportunity to teach both children and adults essential skills and about water safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formal swimming lessons may significantly reduce the risk of a drowning incident among children between the ages of 1 to 4. Please note however that for these young children formal swimming lessons do not replace the need for their direct (touch) supervision by a parents or caregiver whenever they are in and around the water. Enroll in formal swimming lessons to learn essential skills and water safety.