Swimming and supervision
When do you think you would be comfortable letting your children swim without your direct supervision?
Both of my kids are great swimmers but I have yet to feel comfortable enough to let them swim without me being close by. I get REALLY nervous at the beach too, which annoys them.
I don't let my kids go to a friends house to swim UNLESS it's a GOOD friend.. and I know that it's just my kids and theirs.. and even then it depends on the friend.. I have friends I trust with that and friends, whom I love but don't trust in water supervision.. either they have younger one to chase or they just don't take it as seriously as I do.. or I think they're kind of flaky..
So, I'm SUPER strict on water and pool play.. NO camps with swimming, etc.. I just think it happens so fast.. they're chasing a ball and one kids climbs on another in PLAY and then all of a sudden that kids can't get up to air..
as for beach.. I'm with them.. it's Los angeles, so we don't swim in the ocean here lol.. it's tot cold and gross :)
I'm very funny about them going to other peoples houses to swim too. It's so hard to let go and relax when it comes to water safety.
I would say treat it like anything else. Maybe start out with an hour unsupervised to let your nerves relax and if it works move on to 2 and so on. Let us know how it works out!