We’ve done our share of swimming this summer. We don’t belong to a private pool, so we got passes to the regional park pool close to us, Upton Hill. We also did swimming lessons – one round for a week at a private pool that allows non-members (Overlee), another set at Upton Hill. The lessons at Overlee were great for Wendy – she is really learning how to swim for real. She still needs a lot of work on breathing and stroke refinement, but is much improved this summer.
The UH lessons, on-the-other-hand, were a complete waste of time and money. The class met once a week all summer long and none of the groups (Wendy, Sam, and Adam were all in different classes) seemed to add much value for any of my kids.
Despite that, the kids had a lot of fun in the water and all made major strides in their water skills. Here’s some pictures from our summer swimming:
Two water monkeys:
Adam liked the barbell and rings in his class.
Adam’s instructor was super nice but he did not respond to her at all. It was like pulling teeth to get him to agree to do whatever game or maneuver she planned. She was really nice and patient with him, and it was clear he enjoyed being in the water, which was the main goal of the class.
For Sam, his major milestone was finally going under water willingly. I think the turning point for him was when he asked me, “How come Wendy is so much faster than me?” When I explained that she put her head in the water and that allowed her to take faster strokes, it was a like a lightbulb went off. He asked for the goggles, and immediately put his head in and swam like a madman.
Demonstrating their ability to go under and come back up: