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.
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!