LP started swimming lessons a couple of weeks after her third birthday and Little Man followed in her footsteps last September. They now both have swimming lessons on a Thursday and it’s been amazing watching them progress as the weeks and months have gone by.
Last month LP moved into the main pool. She can’t touch the bottom and I was worried that she was too small, that it was too soon, that she wouldn’t cope with the transition. But, I didn’t need to worry.
I went up to the viewing platform on that first week and watched her at the side of the huge pool below. Her and her friends swam from the side to the middle and back again using pool noodles and floats. They changed stroke and went from their front to their back with ease and before long they were swimming without floats.
When LP’s turn came she swam to the middle without a float and then swam back to the edge on her back. I had tears in my eyes and I don’t think I have ever felt as proud of her as I did in that moment.
I never learnt to swim and now I can swim a length of a pool if I really, really put everything into it. A width of the pool is much more comfortable for me and I don’t massively enjoy swimming – it’s something I feel I have to do rather than something I enjoy doing.
So to see our tiny LP swimming by herself, kicking her legs and moving her arms just as the teacher had showed her, and making her way across the pool I was in awe of her. She made it look so effortless and at the end she held onto the side whilst the next child started to swim, looked up at me with a beaming smile and gave me a big thumbs up.
Since then each week has been the same. She has jumped in to the deep end of the pool and then swam to the edge, she’s done star jumps and swam so many different strokes. Each week Hubby or I watch her and we cannot believe that it’s our little girl so at ease in the water. She’s like a fish and loves swimming, she’s an absolute natural at it and enjoys it so much. I am so looking forward to going on holiday this year and seeing her swim just like that in a more natural setting. I think she’s going to have an amazing summer.
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