It begins with my children having a slight fear of the water. We go to the pool at least twice a week to get them used to playing and going under. It has been going very well. So I had signed the oldest 3 up for swim lessons. They started last week in the next to youngest group. After only 3 sessions and lots of patience from Mommy and Daddy they are doing awesome.
Courtney had a fear of going to far under. So we are working with dive toys and fun games to get her to do it. My good friend helped the other day and Courtney actually went to the bottom of the 3 ft. It doesn't sound far but for Courtney would be like 12 ft for us. It is a HUGE accomplishment. She also got to change the color armband that she wears from Red(the lowest) to Green (the Highest). In order to change you have to complete a swim test and that is swimming about 20 yards across the pool and back withouth touching or stopping and then treading water in the deep for 1 minute. Her swimming has been very very labored in the last few weeks, but yesterday she calmed down and was swimming and talking at the same time. YEA, I am so proud of her. Still got to work on diving with her and going further under but that will come later.
Junior has got to be the funnest kid in the water I have ever seen. He recently had a yellow armband(middle) and was really pushing to get that green. So we were working on better technique at treading water. We also were working on diving. Jr is a pleaser and loves to see me smile and give him high fives. It is amazing what he will do for them. So Ryan and I patiently showed him how to dive into the pool. It was so awesome to see him finally get it. Grammy would be so proud. Anyways so we moved on to the diving board and he is doing it bbut sometimes overextends and lands on his back, ouch. Overall he is doing fantastic. He no longer needs a lifejacket for comfort and the last and best thing he taught himself how to swim on his back. He can go all the way across the pool and back without a problem. Yes, the sense of accomplishment.
Riley is still wearing a red armband but could and should be wearing a yellow. We are most definitely going to work on that this week. She can swim underwater better than all the kids. It is so funny to see him. Riley is now going off the slide without a life jacket and swimming to the side with no problem. He swims a good 10 yards without a panic and will go about 5 ft down for a toy. His one problem is treading water, he wants to go to the side. He does climb the rock wall very well though. He has gotten to the top and it is about 12 ft up. Very cool to see him fall in the water from that high up. My cute little monkey boy.
Ryker is a work in progress. But he will get in the big pool with a life jacket on and swim without me or his Dad. That is great. Ryan worked with him on Sunday and he can swim about 4 ft by himself without a life jacket. I think that is incredible being he is only 2. He loves to run in the kid pool and chase the big kids. We are still working on getting him the courage to jump off the diving board. It won't be long though. He doesn't much like the slide either but he will do it for me.
So this weekend was so great and made 2 parents shine.