It has been a while since I did an update on how the kids are getting on at swimming.
Last summer Eliza had a major water wobble after a stand-in teacher made her jump in the deep-end and it took quite a while to get back on track. I have a great relationship with my swim school and they were happy to move her in to a class with Ruth whom I know and trust as she is also Isaac’s swimming teacher.
Although both Isaac and Eliza have been swimming since they were babies, they were initially in a swimming class run at our local leisure centre where it was normal to have 6 per class, progressing to 10 after they could swim a width of the pool. This was not ideal and as you can imagine very difficult to teach so many at the same time.
I moved Isaac and Eliza to Individuality Swimming in Dorset just over a year ago and the change in them has been amazing. The classes are restricted to 5 per lesson although it is often less and Isaac has progressed from swimming 20 metres at most to just achieving his 1000m badge and water skills 6 and all this at 7 years old!
Eliza (5) is still at the age where she wants to mess around and they have nicknamed her the Little Mermaid as she spends more time under the water than on top of it. She has, however, just done her 25m badge and her Water Skills 2 badge. She can actually swim further but wasn’t interested on the day and I am just happy she is enjoying the water again after last summer.
Sebastian is still swimming with Turtle Tots and he has just been through a water wobble too after a nasty bout of tonsilitis in February which left him very clingy and not wanting to let go of me at anytime. Thankfully the last two weeks has seen his confidence return and he is back to leaping into the pool without a care in the world and finally holding on to a catamaran (half a woggle) and blowing bubbles in the water.
When Sebby hits three in June it will then be time for him to venture into the water and have swimming lessons without me by his side. If he carries on with this confidence I think he will do brilliantly!
Do your kids have swimming lessons?