My mother's birthday was in June. She passed 5 years ago, but her memory looms strong in the summer. She had an unusual relationship to swimming.
She and my father were Peace Corps volunteers in the mid 60s. A swimming test was part of the entrance exam. My parents were a typical black couple--non-swimmers. My mother learned the back stroke for the Peace Corps. The only stroke she ever learned was the back stroke. She wore a nose plug when she swam, and she kicked dainty little splash free kicks.
My mother loved the water, the beach, and, especially, Esther Williams movies. When she got older, my mother took water aerobics.
I am sure my mother's attitude towards the water contributed to my brother and my love of swimming.
You don't have to become a swim star to instill a love of water in your children.