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.
Recapping our 2016 swim lessons. I love my little mermaids! #NewmanSummer2016 Click To Tweet
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.
I didn’t really know what to expect in 2016…
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
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.
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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