My eight year old is also starting sailing classes this summer, my younger one will start next year at 6. However, as soon as the kids were old enough (3), we signed them up for swimming lessons. It is my belief that any child in and around the water should be taught at least the basics as soon as possible. This does not take the place of PFD's by any means but it gives them more control should something happen. I would not keep my child from the sailing lessons, however, I would definitely be signing them up for swimming lessons too. It will make you and them feel better.
Last edited by S/V Delphinus; 06-08-2006 at 10:14 AM.