Monday, July 13, 2009

Swim lessons

There she is going into the pool, without me, without a bubble or arm flote thingees. Today was her first official swim lesson. She did pretty good. She did slip near the wall and went under a bit but she was ok. But when it came to her turn to try her "freestyle arms" she said she had to go potty. So her instructer put her on the wall and she came to me. I looked everywhere and could not find a bathroom...ugh...so I took her to sqauat by the car. I told her this would be our secret. Nothing happened. I kind of thought she was scared. When we got back to the pool she floated on her back and tried the backstroke, but when it came to "freestyle arms" she said she had to pee again. My poor baby. I ordered her this, a friend of mine who has a pool uses this for her kids and they do so well. A little extra confidence. Well hers did not come in yet, I am guessing tomorrow night. One more day without a bubble.

I never took lessons as a kid. Sometimes at camp I would take lessons, but always was in the beginners group because of lack of skills. Eventually at like age 11 or so maybe older I taught myself....it just clicked. I am not a great swimmer but I can. I wish I had signed her up when she was younger... I hope she does better tomorrow.

After her lessons we went for a short walk on the boardwalk in town. It goes through White Memorial conservation its a large wildlife refuge, nature center etc... This trail goes through part of the property. The walkway is very narrow and kinda rickity so we didn't go far... heck if you cross paths with someone its a tight squeeze. But it was really pretty, we'll have to venture there again some afternoon.

Pretty isn't it?

4 comments:

Robyn said...

She'll be fine. It may take a couple lessons, but she will be a fish in no time.

Emily Jean said...

So cute and you will feel so much better knowing that she can swim! I know so many adults who can't swim, it's crazy!

Amanda said...

It's so important for kids to learn how to swim. I made sure all my boys learned so that they wouldn'd be like me ~ unable to swim and scared of the water!

PixieDust said...

My sister send her kids for swimming lessons when they were 6 months old. I taught myself to swim when I was six and fell into a swimming pool while on my own. The panic helped a lot I think. :)