So, for me, it was important that my daughter be connected to water as well. I swam in the lake while pregnant, and was kayaking as close as 5 days before I gave birth. Sometimes I joke that I paddled her right out. We had a home water birth, and the three of us bonded in the tub for a good half hour before she left that warm water. She bathed with me the next day, and instantly loved being in water. When she was old enough, we signed her up for swim classes, and it has been so amazing to see her fall in love with swimming.
As soon as she sees the pool, she starts smiling and waving her arms. Once she's in the water it's all smiles and splashes. And even when she goes under water, she smiles there too!
I highly recommend swimming classes for infants. One of my baby books says that they don't suggest swimming classes for infants and toddlers, but that seems silly to me. You can't treat it like it will train a baby to swim on their own without supervision, but you can get water safety, skills, and comfort through classes early and often.
I am including two videos of my daughter Violet swimming, and one of a child who is far more advanced using the ISR method.
Violet Swimming 1
Violet Swimming 2
ISR Method, taken from YouTube. Our instructor doesn't teach this method, but I am interested in it and love the results seen in this video.