Some of you may remember my posts last summer about Rylie and Bryce in swimming lessons. Rylie graduated from swim lessons last summer, and although Bryce learned a lot, he wasn't quite the swimmer that his sister was.
We put both kids back in swimming lessons several weeks ago. My mom was going to take them every afternoon, 4 days a week, for 15 minute private lessons with the same instructor they had last year. After Rylie's first lesson, the instructor (Ms. Tracy) told my mom that Rylie really didn't need to be there, and would be done after that first week. The only reason I even signed Rylie up was for some refresher training, but apparently she didn't need it. Bryce, on the other hand, definitely needed a few weeks of lessons.
After just a few weeks, Ms. Tracy felt that Bryce knew how to swim, and told my mom that would be his last week. During his last lesson, he had to swim with all of his clothes on, along with his shoes. Bryce thought it was pretty cool to jump in fully clothed!
Bryce's biggest hangup with swimming lessons was that he HATED to float. Last year, he would cry the entire time Ms. Tracy had him float, and his lessons this year started out the same. He got better at it, finally, and at least stopped crying during most of his lessons. I never understood why she was so concerned with him being able to float, until I saw him swim. It seems like little kids have a hard time coming up for a breath while they are swimming, so they are taught to roll and float to get their breath, and then roll back over and swim some more. Bryce doesn't venture too deep in the pool, so when he swims, he can usually get to the side without taking a breath, but I'm glad to know that he knows what to do if he needs to get some air.
During his lessons, Bryce would always kick his feet when he was floating, and there seemed to be no way to stop that. On that last lesson, though, he didn't kick. He floated for 10 seconds and didn't even move. I guess we should have had him swim in his shoes from the beginning!
Forget floating, though...Bryce loves to swim! He jumps in on one side, and then swims to the steps with no problems. He holds his breath the entire time, and never chokes on water. He did a great job at his final lesson, and he is now a swimming lesson graduate just like his sister!
I'm so happy that my little guy has learned to swim! And he is too! As soon as we open the pool fence, he jumps in off the side and swims to the steps...again, and again, and again. It is so much more enjoyable to be in the pool with the kids and not have Bryce hanging on you the entire time. It's even better for me, because our pool is still too cold for me, and now I can just sit on the side and watch the kids have fun, rather than freezing my butt off in the pool.
Even though Bryce and Rylie are both proficient swimmers now, we NEVER take our eyes off of them in the pool. You just never know what might happen, and I don't want to find out.
Have you enrolled your child(ren) in swimming lessons yet?
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