Swimming lessons, great idea or waste of time?
I honestly wish I had enrolled my oldest in swim lessons at an early age. Up until about a year ago she was on swim team and when she started she had to learn the proper way to do some of the strokes. It was very frustrating to her and she wanted to quit at one point. When she finally did quit was only because she had picked up another activity.
If your kids are probably not interested in something like swim competitions you don't really need beyond the basics. Water safety and learning to be comfortable in the water are well worth the money, in my opinion.
I think that swim lessons are important because they teach more than just swimming. Water safety is so important and so overlooked!