If you have a child that is afraid around water – THE best option for you (before swimming lessons!!) is to introduce shallow water playtime sessions.
Once children are in an environment where they can be independent they start to build confidence and push their own boundaries.
THIS is where the magic happens – and all it will take for you is supervision and a lot of encouragement.
Regardless whether you are in swimming lessons or doing it yourself the first step in any learn to swim experience should be building water/pool familiarisation.
Once children are comfortable then the process continues.