Tuesday, September 11, 2012
First Swimming Lesson
Luke had his first “no parents in the pool” swimming lesson yesterday and it went better than I ever could have imagined. We didn’t think he’d be upset about the swimming/pool part, but more that he was in there without us. Nope, he went right in like he’d been doing it forever. The parents all stay in a separate room and watch behind a window, so that the kids can get the full benefit of the class without worrying about us.
We were a little shocked when we talked about the lessons beforehand – he told Jason that he might drown and get hurt. We have no idea where that came from, but told him that no, he’d learn to swim so he wouldn’t have to worry about that. We also prepped him that we wouldn’t be in the pool, but that there would be a few other kids in his class that he could watch and he’d have a teacher there to help him.
There were just 3 in his class, with 1 teacher. The kids all sat on the edge of the pool until it was their turn to do something. He got to kick, move his arms, blow bubbles under the water, back float, jump in the pool, use his hands to “walk” along the edge of the pool while he was in the water, and climb out. Everything was just great until the jumping in part. He was nervous to jump in, and when he finally did, didn’t jump out far enough and sort of hit his butt on the edge of the pool as he went in. That scared him a bit and he cried some. We stayed away though and he calmed down and enjoyed the rest of the class.
We are just so proud of how well he did!