My daughter has loved going swimming ever since she was a baby. When she was six months old, my husband and I enrolled her in swimming lessons at the local pool here in Washington DC, thinking it would be beneficial for her and teach her how to move around in the water while being safe. I know she still has a lot to learn and a long way to go, but swimming is a skill that I knew she would never regret. It has been a year since she had been enrolled, so I was worried she would have trouble adjusting again.
Last week, she and I went in to the YMCA, and I set her up for swimming lessons. She was excited about being in the pool, and was looking forward to going swimming. I made sure that before we actually began our lessons we took some time to get familiar with the YMCA pool here in Washington DC, since it was different from our old pool back home. We went early in the morning when there were few other people there. My daughter was happy, and splashed around in the shallow end of the pool. I was glad she liked being in the water so much, and hoped she felt just as confident when we came back for her lesson.
When we came back for her lesson next week, the teacher had us practice very basic moves. About the only thing my daughter did not like or do well with was having her head dunked under water. I don’t blame her, and I was a little worried about this myself, since it didn’t seem easy to have her go underwater. When she was a baby and swam at the other pool it was easier to control. As a bigger toddler, it’s harder to hold on to her and control her. The lesson only lasted for about 45 minutes, so it wasn’t super long. I feel like my daughter had fun, and enjoyed interacting with the other children that she met at the gym. Classes are thankfully only once a week on Saturday, so we don’t have to worry about her missing school or going somewhere in the middle of the week and that affecting her ability to keep up with everyone else.
When we were done, I took her to the girls locker room at the Washington DC YMCA, and we took a shower and dried off together. She was so excited, and wanted to go back home and tell her dad about how much she swam and all the other children she met while she was there. Overall I felt that signing up and taking her to lessons was one of the best things we could have done, since it allowed her to be with other kids and help broaden her skills in terms of movement and learning how to swim and gain control over the water.