swim class

Roan started swimming classes in the middle of January. The class is not offered in our city so we go to Oak Brook, which has a great heated, indoor swimming pool. There is a big water slide, a zero depth pool, which deepens just enough to wading level, a deeper lap pool, a whirlpool, and an accompanying splash pad outdoors for warmer weather usage. dsc_16192dsc_16371dsc_16413

Roan started in the Terrific Tots class, probably a little sooner than he should have since he hadn’t been in a pool since last August, but he loves water and has never really been afraid of it. Well, actually it’s more likely that I enrolled him in that class because I don’t have to get into a swimming suit and go in with him.

On the first day, I could already see repeats of Tot Soccer, The Little Gym, and Indoor Tot Gymnastics. He was completed distracted. He was excited, but would not get into the pool He kept standing on the ledge that he is on in this picture the entire time and wouldn’t go in, no matter how much coaxing his teacher nor I tried. Honestly, I think he was too much for his instructor.

BTW, in his second session, which he started last week, somehow the instructor for his group changed. I have a sneaky suspicion that it is because he needed someone a little more stern. His new instructor, in the photos, is friendly, but she has the right amount of sternness for him.

I am happy to report, however, that he has come a long way. He graduated from his first five week session and although he did not get to go on to the next class, he is now able to float in the water, face down (see second photo)and hold his breath. He’s been practicing his arm circles and his feet. He jumps in the water, assisted still, but that’s more than some kids.  Now if we can just get him to understand that after the class, he doesn’t get to stay and free play.

He does this really cute thing, even when he’s in water about six inches deep. He puts his shark googles on and stands up. Then he takes a hop–imagine a diver–and then does a little inch worm thing with his body to get himself into the water so that he is facing down and under water.  I think I might have to get a membership for the aquatic center since he loves it so much.

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2 Responses to “swim class”

  1. pakou Says:

    so cute! reminds me of when my kiddos took swimming lessons–many ages ago :-).

  2. shoua Says:

    He looks like such a big boy now in his swimming trunks. 🙂

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