Friday, June 25, 2010

Swim Lessons

My daughter is going to camp next week, and we wanted to be sure she was comfortable in the water and could swim a bit. Last summer, when she took swim lessons, she had a hard time with kicking, paddling, and blowing bubbles at the same time. So, we invested in 5 private swim lessons this week to build up her skills.

On Monday, when she got in the pool she seemed to forget whatever she learned last year. But as the week went on, she got better at everything. By today, she was able to float on her back on her own for an extended time, swim about halfway across the pool (kicking, paddling, and blowing bubbles all at the same time!), and jumping into the pool! She's still not quite where I'd like to see her at, but it's better than she was doing last year. She's still going to have a group lesson once a week until the end of July.

The one odd thing was that my daughter would get nervous when the instructor had her swim to her. Even today, she would appear to freeze up when asked to swim. I noticed the reason appeared to be that she got overwhelmed. I saw her thinking about the paddling, kicking, and blowing bubbles as she stood by the wall of the pool. It looked like her brain was about to short-circuit thinking about it all. But she would finally kick off the wall and do everything she was supposed to do. I guess with practice this will come second nature and won't take all that brain power. I hope.

17 comments:

  1. Poor thing! It is a lot to have to think about!

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  2. I wish for her to have a good time next week. My little boy isn't fond of water even though he has taken swimming lessons before.

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  3. I wish we could live somewhere warm where kids could swim year round. Every summer they are re-learning skills previously mastered. I think it helps to have consecutive days too. We always try to do the 2 week sessions where it's every day. And as a parent I need to try focus on their small improvements and strengths. It's so hard for me when I want so much more for them.

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  4. My aspie loves the water!! He would spend all day in it, It did take him years of lessions to swim well.

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  5. Hopefully the more time she spends in the water, the more comfortable she'll become with it!

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  6. I have a theory having been watching kids swimming lessons for a couple of years now. Kids can either kick, or use their arms, but doing both is REALLY hard! Cute that she is so intellectual about it. My son just flails.

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  7. Sounds like she is doing really well!

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  8. Yeah, coordinating all those different moves is really hard. Audrey has such a tough time coordinating her upper and lower body and each side of her body. BUT it is supposed to be soooo good for their brains to exercise those synapses!

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  9. Hope it all goes well, she sounds like a brave girl. It really is a lot to think about. My son is taking lessons and he really "thinks" about it too...takes the instructor about 3-5 tries before he gets his courage up to do it. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment re: my vaccine post, I appreciate it.

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  10. My son completely over thinks his swimming. I w si the water all the time at his age and I just wish he had more opportunity to be in something other than the freezing central Ca. Pacific to practice in.

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  11. Hello, SITSta... It's so hard to watch them learning, when you see the progress others make... my heart goes out to you and I'm just grateful for all the incredible strides you young mothers have already achieved...

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  12. i signed james up for swimming several times before he would even stick his feet in the pool..he wouldn't go to the instructor. I have been able to teach him myself a bit but he really needs lessons. we are working up to getting him comfortable with lessons.

    sounds like your dd is doing great

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  13. Awesome. My son loves his swim lessons.

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  14. I was such a natural in the water and my oldest is not. He gets the same issues as your little one. Its so funny because out of the water he fears nothing and never hesitates. In the water he over thinks.

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  15. Stopping from SITS! There is so much to remember when swimming. I forget all there is. It just seems like there is a lot.

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  16. Good luck! I'm 27 and still can't swim, despite years of swimming lessons (even 1 year of 1 on 1 private lessons!)

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