The Boys Get Swim Lessons

On Thursday last week my boys completed two weeks of swim lessons at my town’s watering hole. It was fun to see J join other kids his age in the 4 to 6 year range and watch them all learn how to swim together. Now I’m not sure we got out of it what we were hoping to with J myster, but I think we did with Baby B.

 

Every morning, four days a week, we’d feed ourselves, put our bathing suits on then head to the pool. My friend inspired me to get them swimming after she told me that her kids go to swim lessons los angeles. My kids love swimming way more than I thought they would! Of course, we bought all the necessary medicines in advance in the online pharmacy. J myster would have his lessons while B played in the childcare room they have on premise. Then when J was finished with his swim lessons, I put him in the childcare room while B and I had our parent/tot swim class.

For preschool aged kids, the hope is that they learn to kick and rotate their arms while using a kickboard or floatation device to move themselves around the pool, to hold their breath and not be afraid to stick their heads in the water and to be able to reach for the edge of the pool and get themselves out of the pool. Once they’ve mastered these techniques, they can move on to the other classes, which includes learning different swim strokes or survival techniques like treading water.

 Waiting for lessons to start with the other kids in his class.
I was across the pool from the kids, so I couldn’t see what they were working on most of the time, but this is a glimpse of the kids during their lesson.
 

J myster can do more than half the things he was taught in his preschool A class, but an incident on Tuesday last week where he slipped off the edge of the pool when his teacher wasn’t looking had him a little afraid of the water and  he wouldn’t cooperate with his teacher the last two days of swim. This kinda made paying for said swim lessons a little pointless, but at least he was able to do half the things on the checklist for that class level before that incident.

So with J myster I think we will have to work with him more one on one to help him conquer that fear and he’ll probably need to repeat this preschool level again to move on to the next level. Which I’m fine with, because I want him to be completely comfortable with the water and in this case, it’s not something you want to push on them when they aren’t ready.

But still J completed the class being able to do at least half of the items on the checklist for that level, and I’m proud of him.

Daddy was even able to make it once to see J myster and B’s lessons.
 
Sitting with daddy before his lessons started. 
 

Baby B and Swim:

Baby B is a little rockstar in the water. When they say the younger you start to teaching them how to swim, the better, they are absolutely right! B is not afraid of the water and will jump in if you aren’t careful.

In the parent/tot class, we learned how to blow bubbles, hold our breath and more importantly the babies learned how to reach for the edge of the pool and climb out on their own. B was a pro at this!

He always knew where the edge of the pool was and could climb out completely on his own. And in that image above, he’s doing exactly what he’s supposed to do, holding his breath and reaching. He amazed me!

We had a little trouble with him kicking his legs, he’d remember to do it when he would be floating on his back, but he found it difficult to kick while in the regular swim position. He was awesome at floating and gliding through the water fearlessly. He loved watching me blow bubbles in the water, and can hold his breath and dunk his head underwater but he still seems to choke a little on water when I bring him back up, which I heard is normal for a bit until they learn to do both blowing air out their nose and holding their breath at the same time.

Right now he copies me when I hold my breath and we dunk ourselves. So that is a pretty big accomplishment. I know now if he got into the water, he would hold his breath if he went under. In the image above, we were practicing just that. The instructor called it bobbing. But if we did it too many times in a row, B didn’t like that and would want to get out.

Overall I think it was a great experience for the three of us to have, it taught me a lot on how to teach my kids more about water and pool safety and hopefully we can get our kids swimming confidently on their own soon! 🙂

 

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11 thoughts on “The Boys Get Swim Lessons

  1. I loved reading this Heather! I’ve been on the fence about taking Sofia to swim classes but after reading about your experiences, I might have to do it with her. Maybe later this fall or winter {or even spring} when the baby is a little bit older. She does love the water but I want her not to be afraid as she grows and I think you’re right, doing the lessons the younger, the better. Looks like your boys had a great time!

  2. It was definitely an awesome learning experience and I think we’ll make the pool our activity of choice at least once a week to keep what they’ve learned fresh.(At least for the summer) 😉

  3. I love how organized you have it! I can’t handle taking both of the girls at the same time alone so I wish I could arrange something like this. Looks likes so much fun.

  4. What a great milestone!! I think it’s so important to get them in the water early. And that pool looks amazing! So glad that the whole family was there for the big day. 🙂

  5. HOw awesome is that, proud of them for doing all that. I dont even know how to swim in my age, its scary really…

  6. I was very grateful for the childcare room. It was only $3 an hour and tons of fun toys and things for them to do in there. J myster actually liked the playroom better than swim lessons most of the time.

  7. That pool is amazing! It has a lazy river and amazing kids splash area. I have yet to enjoy the hot tub or the inner tube slides yet. Maybe one day soon.

  8. Terri, its never too late to learn. 😉 I’m very proud of my boys. I didn’t learn how to swim til I was 12 I think and it was very difficult for me. I had always been afraid of water up til that point. Now I’m just afraid of the open ocean. Scares the hell out of me.

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