First Swimming Lesson

Coco is a huge daredevil!  She is the scary combination of no fear, extreme curiosity, independence, stubbornness and no sense of danger.  As a parent I know these are good characteristics that will serve her well in the future but now with climbing up to the highest rung on the jungle gym, running into any open elevator, climbing up balconies and jumping off the ledge of the pool it’s downright terrifying!  I knew swimming lessons were in order immediately since we will be by water all the time living in the tropics.  Of course her knowing how to swim doesn’t mean I can really relax at the pool–like all children she will still have to be watched at all times– but at least if she knows how to float, tread water and climb out I will be a little less stressed when she jumps in.

Last week she joined a playgroup of 4 other little girls (and 1 boy) and it was just in time for her first swimming lesson!  Another parent did all the research and found a coach to come to the condo complex to do the lesson.

Coco LOVED it and I must say she did an amazing job with what he taught that first day.. except don’t jump in until the teacher tells you. (Of course!)  I was so proud of her though.

The lesson started out in the kiddie pool.  They splashed water on their faces and practiced kicking.  Then they moved to the large pool and practiced throwing pool toys out and with an adult they went out and retrieved them.  They also worked on kicking, opening their eyes under water and how to swing their legs up and climb out of the pool.  She had so much fun and is so, so excited to learn how to swim.

The gym teacher at school told me to wait until she’s 7 to put in her in swimming lessons but my thought is if she loves water what can it hurt?  Sure, Michael Phelps didn’t start lessons til age 7 (yeah, I googled after she said that) but this is not to be competitive.  I want her to have skills and have fun and have fun she did!

After she got out, all the parents were clapping for her and do you know what that silly girl did?  She took a bow!  She is a born performer,  I tell you. Absolutely hilarious!

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3 Responses to First Swimming Lesson

  1. Jennifer says:

    Just caught up with the new blog. Glad to see she is loving swimming. H. is taking swimming lessons too and also loving it. I get to go in the water with her which of course she likes.

  2. hazel says:

    Yay! Thanks for the link to your blog. I’m catching up but can’t view the pics on my phone so will have to come back. I am really happy for you guys and so in awe of you for making this HUGE move and following yet another dream.

  3. ch says:

    We miss you two! Glad to see things are going well. Much love from the States

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