Monday, January 14, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

With the start of the new year we are also starting out with swimming lessons again.  The kids have not had lessons since last spring.  Sure, we went "swimming" a billion times this past summer, and my kids are all comfortable in the water, but I think being a good swimmer is essential.  

All of my boys love going under water but they are not really efficient swimmers.  Joey can do the front crawl the length of the big pool at the Y but he is still timid in deep water and hangs close to the edge.  Tommy can do the front crawl and can hold his breath forever (seriously, the whole length of the small pool) but we have to get him breathing with the strokes.  Ben is comfortable in the water until you ask him to float on his back.  These are all things we need to work on.  

The last time I took Grace to the pool it was a Mommy and Me class.  She has never really had a swim lesson on her own and she always clung to me in the pool whenever the water got a little deeper.  I was curious to see how she would handle her first swim class without me in the pool with her.  

All of the kids were excited about swimming classes again, except for Joey.  He was nervous.  I think it helped that the pool was much warmer than he remembered it, and they were allowed to start out with flippers.  That always makes swimming easier.  But as Joey swam the length of the pool he realized that in a year he had grown stronger and what was once difficult for him now seemed easy.  His confidence grew even more after he swam the front crawl the length of the pool without the flippers and he wasn't even tired.  Soon he was jumping in the deep end of the pool and swimming down to touch the bottom.  Something that had terrified him last spring.  It was exhilarating to watch.
Halfway through Joey's class, Ben and Grace had their classes in the little pool.  They are normally in different classes but because one of the teachers was sick and the class sizes are so small they combined the two classes.  It was nice because Grace was able to sit with Ben and he calmed her nerves and explained everything to her.  I was thrilled with both of their efforts.  Ben was really giving it a good try with floating on his back and Grace was willing to do whatever the teacher asked.

After Ben and Grace were done it was time for Tommy to jump in the pool.  It was clear that he had grown stronger since the last lesson as well and his front crawl was relaxed and calm (even if he didn't breath the whole length of the pool).
All of the kids felt great about their efforts and are so excited for more swim lessons this week.  That makes me a happy momma.  As much time as our family spends in and around water swimming is a lifesaving skill to have.


Dawn said...

Yes, swimming is one of those need to know skills, and so much easier to learn as a kid. These are such cute pictures.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

They are doing so well! JDaniel is taking swimming lessons too. He is not as along was your children are.

Wisconsin Girl said...

After going to Blue Harbor on New Year's Day it got me thinking that I really want to get Sam in another swimming lesson this winter too. Knowing that they are safe and comfortable in the water is so important. Glad to hear all went well. Seems like you have some great swimmers!

lime said...

ah, you just brought back some sweet memories. mr lime was a swimming instructor at our local y for years and all out kids learned to swim there. glad your kiddos are enjoying.

Bijoux said...

Such an important skill! My mom let me quit lessons twice, so I didn't learn to swim till I was in high school and was forced to learn because our school had a pool and swimming was a requirement. I'm still not a fan. Good job getting the kids in early!

Annmarie Pipa said...

we are all swimmers fun..for life!
love your photos!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Plus reviewing those lifesaving skills is a great thing;) Glad they're taking to water so well.

Hilary said...

So nice to know that your kidlets are progressing as they should. That photo of Ben with his arm around Grace is just SO endearing.

Verna Lantz said...

Ah, growing up. It is such a thrill to watch as a momma! :)

Kat said...

Bijoux- I am the opposite. I was a natural water bug and was swimming really early. I begged my mom to put me in swimming lessons and when she finally did I was kinda bored. ;) It is hard to watch my kids try so hard at something that came so easy to me. They're getting there, though!

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