Fishy Fishy, Swim Lessons 2016

It has become a tradition to take swim lessons every year through our local parks and rec department. They are affordable, offer a variety of class times and the girls love the life guards. Typically we take swim lessons in July, however this year we signed up to start mid June.

Swim Collage
2014 // 2015 // 2016

Our first year of swim lessons was a total waste. Marissa was terrified of water and a 3-year-old Emily complained about being cold for the entire 2 weeks. I guess a little more time was all they really needed. In 2015 we saw a HUGE improvement in both girls and ended summer on a high note.

Recapping our 2016 swim lessons. I love my little mermaids! #NewmanSummer2016 Click To Tweet

I didn’t really know what to expect in 2016…

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Emily suffered some MAJOR swim regression over the winter months. I had high hopes that it would be like riding a bike and she would literally dive back into it, but she didn’t. After a week of me fighting her tooth and nail in the deeper water I realized she needed to do things at her speed, not mine. So I took her to the shallow end and had her go under to pick up toys. I also encouraged her to explore the water and swim around where she could touch. 30 minutes later and the light bulb clicked. She was back to diving off the deep end two days later.

At swim lessons she:
Nailed her back float form
Started opening her eyes under water WITHOUT goggles
Learned to flip from belly float to back float
Worked on basic swimming strokes
Started treading
Started diving

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Marissa didn’t seem to suffer regression but I challenged her when I took away her crutch. Before the pool opened I took her beloved goggles with the built-in nose cover away. Call me a mean mom, maybe I was, but I wanted her to learn to hold her breath under water on her own. I knew as long as she was using those silly goggles she wouldn’t. How has she done? Much better than I expected and we still have a lot of summer left to go!

At swim lessons she:
Worked on different strokes
Worked on putting her face in the water while she swims
Practiced treading water for a minute at a time.
Worked on several dives

I would definitely say swim lessons were a success.
So much that I even thought about taking another set of lessons. But the idea of not being tied up for another two weeks is pretty appealing too.

Crazy quartet SL

One thing is for sure though, more swim lessons or not, we have A LOT more swimming to do this summer!

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  • Sounds like they’ve come a long way. It is the one thing I always made sure my girls knew how to do and that is swim. For both pleasure and safety. Now I’m trying to talk my daughter into the same for the grands. It has been a pleasure co-hosting with you the past year on Tuesday Talk.

    • Yes, yes! There is such a peace of mind that comes with knowing they can swim which is exactly why we take these lessons. You too friend.

  • Amy Smith

    I remember swim lessons as a little girl & to be honest I couldn’t stand them. haha! Look at how much the girls have grown & matured since last year! Oh my word.

    • ME TOO!!! Seriously I hated them… which is why I am making my girls really learn to swim. I never did and I couldn’t swim laps to save my life.

      Don’t say things like that Amy ;'( :P.

  • Jessica

    Oh swim lessons. I remember taking them as a child. They are such a wonderful thing. I have been debating when we have Cam take them. Way to go girls on rocking your lessons.

    • My thoughts on that is the sooner the better friend. I bet you would be ecstatic and surprised at how much they can learn when they are young.

  • How fun!! They will be experts by the end of summer!

    • I sure hope so. Then we can forget how to swim over the winter again :P.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Wow, I think your girls are doing great!! Right now we’re paying a premium to have our son in semi-private lessons because he is almost 6 and cannot swim, even though he’s been going to the park district since he was a baby. I’m really hoping he learns soon! 🙂

    • I bet he will Marissa didn’t learn how to REALLY swim until last summer, She had JUST turned 7!!! So don’t give up hope yet. He’ll learn!

  • That pool looks awesome! My older kids both can swim, but Simon needs lessons or he’ll never stop using his floatie.

    • Lol I have totally felt like that friend. I bet he would learn super fast if you got him in the water.

  • Meghan Flinn

    It’s so funny cause Noah takes swim lessons all year and is off in the summer… Total opposite! Though we go to the pool a lot in the summer so it’s okay ;). And man I’ve never heard of the goggles with nose thing. Definitely need to learn to hold your breath on your own. Love the photos and how they’ve grown!

    • That is funny. We don’t really have any swim schools around here. There is one dive shop that does them… but they are REALLY expensive other than that the only choice is the YMCA which just does a meh job.

      Those goggles are so goofy. I thought I was helping her when I got them… yeah, not so much.

  • What a fun place to take swimming lessons!!!

    • We have some pretty amazing pools in Joplin.

  • Sounds like after a little warming up, the girls did great! How weird that Emily had such a major regression but once she did things at her speed, she sounds like she’s right back on track to having a summer filled with swimming!

    • Thank goodness. Aaawwww Emily is a tricky one. She is super sweet and super duper compliant… most of the time. She can be insanely stubborn too if she feels forced into something. So glad that all worked itself out.

  • Connor is going to love swim lessons. I can’t wait to see what process he makes. We didn’t have lessons last year but I think from here on out we will until he can truly swim with strength and on his own, with no floaties/swimmers.

    • Fist bump! By the time they are 3 there is absolutely no reason they can’t learn how to swim. Emily had just turned 4 and she did AMAZING last summer. It makes me so frustrated when I see 5,6 & 7 year olds wearing life jackets at the public pool. I bet CJ kicks the pools butt!

  • Yay for swim lessons! We have Mini Fox in everyday lessons and we thought it was going to be for 6 weeks, but the coach thinks we might be able to end after 3, but we might ask to go for another, just to make sure…we’ll see, she makes so much progress each day, it’s crazy! Glad that the girls did good, it’s just going to get better from here! And yes please take those nose plugs away! if she were to fall in the water on accident you want her to know how to not need to plug her nose. 🙂

    • That is so awesome. SO happy to hear it is going super well. Those dumb goggles I never should have bought them in the first place. I thought they would help her out. Nope, I just enabled her to not have to learn. So glad Emily never had any. Emily actually doesn’t even mind swimming without goggles which is even better if you ask me!

  • I’m so glad it went well this year! They definitely look comfortable in the water in those pictures! XOXO

    • They really are and it makes my heart oh so happy too!

  • chall1018

    So glad swim lessons were a success! And you got the most incredible swimming pictures! Mason wrapped up his lessons last week and did so good! Now, we just need a pool! 🙂

    • Thank you so much friend. Are you getting a pool?! That sounds exciting!

      • chall1018

        Oh I wish! We just have a blow-up pool, but it does the job!

  • That pool looks amazing with the water slides! We have been swimming almost every day and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. My kids were both asleep before 6:30 last night, swimming wears them out! Have a great day.

    • YES! My girls are falling asleep fast and eating ALL the food too. Swimming really burns up energy for sure.

  • You got some great pics!! Sounds like lessons were a success!

  • So glad that everything went well! We’re putting Jacob in swim lessons next week and I’m positive it’s not going to go well. Lol. He is TERRIFIED of water and he’s incredibly stubborn, so I’m not convinced that it’s going to go well. I’m hoping that he will surprise me!

    You got some great pictures of the girls!

    • Haha! He sounds just like Marissa. You can take a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. Yup, that about summarizes things for me. Don’t worry friend, there is hope!

  • Jeremy Barnes

    its always such a great feeling when they accomplish something that started out as a challenge. Good for everybody for sticking to it #tuesdaytalk

  • I’m a bit nervous about Aria’s swim lessons. Her first teacher student type situation. Hopefully she doesn’t go full on parent cling. I always hated swim lessons as a kid too, I hear this a lot lol, so my expectations are pretty rock bottom. Maybe you should do an indoor pool in the winter for a refresher sometime after all the summer swimming is forgotten.

    • Oh I can’t wait to hear how she does. Hopefully she’ll totally surprise you. I hated swim lessons too. They were just the worst. My girls on the other hand LOVE them. Probably why Emily can do things at 5 that I would have never even dreamed about. I thought about doing indoor lessons in January but I never did. The main reasoning is there are only two places. One is CRAZY expensive, the other is just very meh and still very expensive. Boo. We should just go stay at a hotel with a pool once a month :P.

  • That shot you got of Marissa diving into the water is AMAZING!!! Yay girls! You are the epitome of a poolside family, you know that, right? 🙂

    • If you take like 20 shots you are bound to get a good one, right?! We really just need to dig a hole and put our own pool in :P. We LOVE to swim.

  • I saw that video of your supreme slider yesterday! Crazy cool! My 3 year old this year is finally just loving swimming. YAY!

    • That is great! Marissa didn’t love swimming until she was 7 :P. Silly girl.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Those comparison pictures get me every time! Marissa looks so grown up all of the sudden. We are just starting to think about swim lessons and I need to get on the ball. I love how much progress your girls are making and I’m sure it makes summer so much more fun when they’re becoming great swimmers.

    • I know! It’s kind of breaking my hear too. She is just getting so grown up. DO IT friend. We slacked on Marissa and she was 7 when she really learned to swim. I am a firm believer that the sooner you expose them, the better they do.