Before we made the leap from California to Minnesota for the summer, I decided that it was high time the kids had proper swim lessons. Now, we have a pool in California, so our kids were definitely familiar with water (I mean, hello, my daughter idolizes the mermaid princess for goodness sake!). And we are all blessed with my Renaissance husband whose talents seem to have no bounds, because in a former life (ie: before me) he was a competitive high school swimmer, life guard and swim coach. He definitely has the chops to teach our children water skills. However, as with lots of things, sometimes its simply best to hand over the reigns to a professional. Well, a current professional who isn’t daddy. Because lets face it, daughters especially have daddy wrapped around their fingers and sometimes just want to splash around instead of learning how not to drown in the water.
So the kids had swim lessons and loved every second of it! Welllllllll….. at least 2 out of 3 did. My SPD kid, who is deathly afraid of the bathtub, wasn’t too keen on getting submerged in a big body of water. However, even he looked forward to his time with Mrs. Best Swim Coach Ever when it was his turn for pool time after a few rounds of sheer terror (i.e.: simply getting into the water). I hope every kid gets the experience of a wonderful coach like my kids got this summer, because it made all the difference in the world for their safety, their enjoyment, and momma’s fears of her kids drowning at any moment.
This kid is only 4 and check out his near perfect form! Too say I was impressed would be an understatement.
It was difficult to capture, but my 5 year old daughter is already learning ‘chicken arms’ which is the beginning of learning the crawl stroke. By the end of her 3 weeks of lessons she was already starting to side breathe like a swimming champ.
Now Little Rascal started off his lessons like this…..
….with one hand firmly around his coach and possibly touching the warm spa water. By the end of his 3 weeks, he was doing such miraculous feats as this….
Not only is he displaying fabulous ‘torpedo arms’ as his coach calls them, but he is jumping to her!!! This is a miracle as far as I am concerned. My heart swelled with pride for this little dude who overcame so much to do this.
All in all, the kids had a great time and I am wishing that we had a pool here in Minnesota so they could practice their new found skills.