Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Swim Lessons

Josh had his first swim lesson through school last week.  Unlike when Emma took lessons last year, all the kids are required to wear swim caps.  To be honest, I wasn't sure how that would go over with a group of 3-5 year olds but they all wore them without complaint. 

After some initial instruction including the rules of pool, it was time to assess where the kids were in terms of skill level.  They started by showing the kids how to safely climb into the pool by rolling to their side and going in face first towards the wall.  Josh didn't feel much need to participate in this activity.  Then they asked who would get in and get their face in the water.  The kids that did got to stay on the wall while the kids that didn't went to the steps.  One coach asked Josh if he wanted to get in and he shook his head no.  Thankfully the next coach that asked, he happily got in and put his face in the water moving him to the bubble blowers group.

They got to practice some spider walking, climbing in and out and then got to swim with pool noodles.  Josh had the biggest smile on his face the entire time he was in the water.  Finally, they got to practice floating on their backs with the coaches.  It was a great first lesson for Josh and hopefully he'll gain more confidence over the next five lessons.  We're officially looking forward to our neighborhood pool opening especially after the 90 degree weather today!

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