We moved into a home that has a pool in mid-March. Since then, I have been eagerly awaiting summer, so we could quickly teach the kids how to swim. I want to make sure that they are extremely confident, in case they ever fall in accidentally and an adult is not nearby to save them. Of course, we have many rules about the pool, including the most important--which is they cannot go near the pool unless Drew is or I am out there with them. I began asking friends for recommendations of swimming lessons and instructors, and very quickly decided that the best method for learning swimming is one where the kids have lessons daily for at least a couple of weeks. Having the lessons daily speeds up their learning--which is a good thing since I want them to be able to enjoy the pool all summer safely. Also, class size was important to us. So, Luke and Abbey began lessons a couple of weeks ago with a highly recommended instructor (thanks, Nikah for the recommendation!) Luke and Abbey shared the daily, private 30-minute lesson for two weeks and we are very pleased with the outcome.
|All ready to go to her last swimming lesson.|
Here is a video of the two of them at swim lessons. Their teacher is in pink and Luke and Abbey take turns swimming to her and back to the step in this video.
|She is pretty proud of that bow on her bottom!|
|Hooray for swim lessons!|
|Outside the community pool where they had their swim lessons.|
Abbey is no longer scared to go under at all and Luke is a little too fearless. I think he believes he has become a dolphin--although we remind him he has a ways to go, still having a lot to learn. :-) I took a little video last week of the kids swimming to Drew in our pool. They were excited to show daddy some of their newly learned skills. Drew didn't get to see them at their lessons, and so he wasn't sure of what they were capable. He was pleasantly surprised. You can tell in the video though, he is still very cautious of letting Abbey swim and gives her some pretty big pushes to the steps. That is a good protective daddy though.