Eldest has finally moved up a class in swimming so instead of spending his lessons playing with the watering cans and floating toys he has to instead swim the width of the pool on his front and back again and again! Seeing as he has so much confidence in the water its great to think he can finally progress with the trickier parts now. When he first started going to swimming class he was frightened to put his head underwater or jump into the pool, but he has completely got over that fear.
I think its important encouraging children to learn to swim; it’s a life skill after all and worryingly lots of children do have accidents around water. Sadly drowning is the third most popular reason for accidental death in children according to this article, so I will keep badgering my boys to just keep swimming.
As much as he chops and changes between some of the other after school clubs (like football and boxing) swimming is one activity I insist he continues with! I am so proud he has gone up to the next level and now we will see him making lots of progress. If anything at least it separates him from his brother, the pair of them had only managed to master underwater wrestling when they were in the same group!!! Progress was at a standstill because they preferred to mess about splashing each other and fighting.
It’s essential when you first take your child swimming you have all the right equipment, we always used armbands for our boys but I quite like the float suits from splashabout.com too. I think they seem quite clever really because you do not have to worry about the armbands getting in the way of them perfecting your stroke then. I also bought lots of diving toys for when I took them swimming myself, then I had something to keep them occupied in the water but also a means to motivate them to dive under and be a little braver in the pool!
Eldest was pleased because his achievement meant he could pick out a new Skylanders character for his collection (he is looking forward to Skylanders Trap Team) so as much as he misses the toys from his earlier class he is happy and I am over the moon. Maybe I can relax as much as my hubbie on the next trip to the beach if I know the boys are safer near water.