This will vary with every swimmer depending on their skills and experience. Some children are more naturally competent and confident in the water and therefore will progress faster. Other children are slower to learn new skills but can quite often become stronger more proficient swimmers as they progress.
If a swimmer has the experience of pre-school or adult and child sessions then he/she may move faster initially through Stages 1 and 2 because they will be familiar with the environment and should be more confident in the water.
At each stage of the Pathway all of the skills are crucial and must be easily achieved prior to moving onto the next stage. For example, if the swimmer does not accomplish a skill such as aquatic breathing, the achievement of skills such as rotation, streamlining, travel, buoyancy and balance will become difficult to perform effectively.
The more often your child visits the pool the quicker they will progress, we’d recommend swimming at least once a week as well as the swimming lessons.
The most important factor is that every child learns to swim, enjoys their lessons and enjoys swimming. Your child should not become disheartened if they progress at a different rate to the other children in their lesson, and you and their swimming teacher will play a key role in keeping them motivated.