It feels like we’re on a real roll at the moment with N’s swimming. He’s really enjoying it, and even though there’s certain things he still moans about doing, he will eventually give them a go…if it is only the once.
I can’t believe how technical the strokes are being taught, even though the children still seem so young. Some in our class can swim 10 metres without an aid, so it shouldn’t really be surprising given so much of the swimming learnt so far has been almost training their subconscious and limbs to understand and know what they should be doing. Eventually after practising over and over again (within fun activities and props), something seems to click and they’ll get it.
The main theme was swimming on their backs, which isn’t N’s forte. Mostly because he still dislikes being on his back, and tells me ‘I can’t do it’, even though I’ve seen him before swimming with a float on his back with no problems. But this was technical arms, with them being taught how to get the right arm and hand movement and direction. I don’t ever remember being taught anything technical, I suppose because my classes were just general school lessons with lots of us in the pool.
They were taught lead with the thumb, then turn the hand and put the little finger in first. All made sense to me, although much as I tried to explain it to N I’m not sure his first attempt was really sinking in. He did have a good go with his right arm, but refused to switch arms and float. He does struggle with the concept of a straight arm (or legs when he’s kicking as young children so often do), but hopefully it’s a start and he’ll be able to practice over time.
As well as swimming on their backs and working on how far they could swim on their front, it’s also been great to see the rapport with the teachers. Our usual teacher Lynsey is unfortunately winding down from teaching classes, so we’re having classes with different teachers to wean the children off Lynsey. Given the reaction the children had at seeing her again after a couple of weeks off, it’s evident how much they look up to their swim teachers.
What’s a credit to Water Babies, is that however much the children love their normal teacher, if there’s a change of teacher, there doesn’t seem to be much of an impact on the children’s behaviour, they still want to swim well. Obviously all the swimming teachers have a different delivery of teaching, and a different way of getting the best out of the kids, but once the children realise that the teacher expects them to show what they can do, they’re off and swimming.
It does amuse me how much chat the pre-schoolers give…I dread to think what they’ll be like once they’re at school and a bit older!
What do you like about the swimming lessons your children do? And what’s their favourite part?
Disclosure: We swim with and blog for Water Babies, but all words and opinions are my own.