Originally Posted by Chompy
Every parent has to make their own choices, I suppose. I can tell you my daughter wouldn't set foot in my boat until she could swim. Of course, she's got little say in the matter since we're starting her on lessons in a couple of weeks.. when she hits 6 months of age. :P
That is your choice... I would rather not see a child forced to do something that is not absolutely necessary if they are dead set against it. I know several adults who do not participate in water sports because they were forced to "learn" how to swim when they were children and no refuse to go near the water if they can help it. Some children really just don't have any interest in learning how to swim... and it really isn't necessary for a sailor to know how to swim.
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