Our little granddaughter, who is now 5, has been taken to the pool since she was a tiny baby. We have a small school close to where we live, it's a beautiful school especially for children with disabilities. It has a heated pool, I think that it's a hydrotherapy pool. During the school holidays they offer intensive swimming sessions. E.g. a maximum of 6 children to 2 instructors. They get into the pool with the children. All have advanced CRB checks. Our little one has been going every day for the past week. She can now do back stroke, breast stroke and a version of butterfly. She can dive in as well. She is absolutely not up to Olympic standard, you understand, but the confidence that she has is amazing. They instructors are making everything easy for the children, it's lovely to hear her enthusiasm when she gets back.
It's great to hear that she's enjoying her swimming lessons and learning so much. It's important to know how to swim and also very enjoyable. Much better if the children enjoy being taught and attending lessons.
When OS was little I didn't realise that you had to put their names down years ahead for Saturday morning lessons so I signed him up for the intensive courses that they had during the school holidays. He hated getting up early and having to go to the pool every day every school holiday so I told him that when he could swim a full length of the big pool on his front he didn't have to have lessons any more. He insisted on doing it straight away. I swam beside him but didn't help. As he went on he got lower and lower in the water till by the time he reached the end I think only his nose was above the water but he was so determined. I had to keep my word although he would probably have benefited from more lessons. He's an excellent swimmer now though. I just remember this because it was so funny.
It sounds like a great pool Trisha, I think it’s important children learn early. Some adults I know can’t swim because they didn’t learn as children. A lot of schools still have swimming lessons don’t they? My Dad taught me, I remember him saying swim to me and I’ll catch you - I never did because he kept moving! 😁