Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring Swimming Lessons

The girls' swimming lessons started today, and they are both off to a great start.
Julia is in the Aqua Tots class, which is for ages 18 months to 3 years. It is a basic water adjustment class, with the instructors and parents guiding the little ones through various movements that mimic swimming skills. The only thing Julia wouldn't do was lay on her tummy at the beginning of class. Everything else, she did willingly: climbed in and out of the pool on her own (in 8-inch deep water); floated and kicked on her tummy while holding onto a floatation device; floated and kicked on her back while resting her head on my shoulder and I held her back; jumped/fell into the water from the edge of the pool while I caught her; and went down a short water slide (it looks like a yellow-and-orange clam in the picture above), by herself, with me catching her. It's hard to believe this is the same girl who, once upon a time, fussed time and again at her swimming lessons.

Evelyn's first day of swimming lessons were tricky to decipher. I couldn't see Evelyn's class from my vantage point, and Troy wasn't able to see her from the observation deck, either. We understand that her class treaded water in the 15-foot diving pool (wearing life jackets, thank goodness!) and they did some other swimming in the 3-foot pool. Now that Troy has an idea of which pools Evelyn's class swims in, he can keep an eye out for her next week.

Both girls had a great time this morning. We're very proud of all they did in the water, especially after a 6-month hiatus.