A couple of days ago Little Man had his very first swimming lesson. I remember LP starting swimming lessons, a couple of weeks after her third Birthday, and it was a pretty difficult time. She didn’t like it very much but persevered and I think she only started to enjoy it after Christmas.
So I was nervous about Little Man starting his lessons. He was in a group with three other children and, thankfully, none of them had been to swimming lessons before so they’re all at the same stage. However, Little Man was so happy through the lesson and so confident – I really saw how swimming on holidays has helped with Little Man’s water confidence and I was so proud of him.
The first swimming lesson is never that exciting really – they have to make sure that the children are all safe in the water before anything else. The lesson involved getting into the water, having a splash and laying on their tummies in the shallow end, just getting used to the feel of the water.
The children then did a width of the pool with a pool noodle – or woggle as the children call them. After that they did a length walking through the water, holding a float with a fish balanced on it. Such a random thing but the children all loved balancing that little fish on the float!
At the end of the lesson the children all got to jump in from the side and this, for Little Man, was the most exciting bit of the lesson! He absolutely loved his introduction to swimming and he can’t wait for next week. We now have one incredibly busy day each week with two lots of swimming lessons but the children are both so happy in the water now that I’m so glad we started taking them swimming.