Monday, 31 August 2015

A summer full of milestones!

This post is all about J and her new skills she has learnt this summer!

J has been taking part in swimming lessons for almost a year in the hope that she would be able to swim confidently with no arm bands for our big holiday this coming November. Usually 14 months would be plenty of time. Unfortunately her swim school changed instructors approximately six times in the 11 month period. This summer my aim was to try and get her booked in else where after complaining and just being told, "yeah we have had a high rate of staff turn over, but what can we do about it?"  

I Google-d intensive swimming courses elsewhere and managed to book her in with two different leisure centres.
The first leisure centre had two instructors. One in the pool and one on the edge. They still used arm bands as she was still on level 1, but her confidence soared. She was finally putting her head right back in the water for back stroke, and she wasn't complaining when the water went over her eyes.
 
 
After the week I was informed she was level 2 ready so booked her in the leisure centre even closer. On that first day the teacher said she was not level 2 ready and if she was to swim with her the arm bands would have to go!
She had a melt down in the middle of the pool as she tried to swim with just a float on her back. This course only had one instructor and she was on the side but the water was shallow enough that they could reach the bottom with ease. The instructor was firm, and encouraged her to push herself. Just what my J needs. No pussy footing around it, if she wants to move on she needs to do it. She did it!
 
 
If she feels scared or like she's going under she can just stand up. Well, on day two she skipped in full of smiles and did exactly as she was told, and even tried it with no float. Wholah! She did it again! Day two and she was swimming on her back (no arms) and not drowning. By day four she was swimming on her front, or more like doggy paddle, but she was doing it. Now its time to teach technique. She isn't allowed to just doggy paddle anymore, its the full face in the water for the count of three malarkey!  By the end of that week she had "officially" passed level one, and was able to sign up with level 2 with them so she can continue to be pushed so she will hopefully be more confident when we are away on our jolly's later this year. This summer J has learnt how to swim un -aided.
 
 
That's not the only milestone she achieved this summer. She has also managed to learn how to ride a bike too. I can not take credit on this one. My sister from mummy to boyz pretty much taught her whilst I recorded it all. She had just taught my nephew so knew what to do. It saved me running up and down all day, but also meant again J would push herself as it wasn't me she could throw a tantrum at. My nephew kindly offered the use of his bike and helmet after he showed her how it was done, and within 30-45 minutes she was peddling by herself!
 


We have taken her out since, and once she realised she wobbled less when she went faster, there was no stopping her. She was hesitant to try on the grass, but with the speed she was going it was safer albeit harder for her.
 
Well done J, you have accomplished so many new skills this summer!

25 comments:

  1. Well done J, it took me years to learn to swim but one of the best skills I learnt

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  2. Well done, it took my daughter years to get the confidence to swim, she could do it but wasn't confident, there is no stopping her now x

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  3. Well done J! I'm thinking of enrolling my daughter in an intensive course over October half term.

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    1. I would highly recommend them! As they are daily they seem to pick it up quicker. Leisure centres are cheaper then private companies too. Book up early as they do tend to fill up quick! Good luck!

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  4. Wow well done! Swimming is such an important life skill to have. Sometimes I think the firm approach is the one that makes them learn quicker. Plus the incentive of the badge ;)

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  5. It's so fun learning to swim, it's the only thing I really enjoyed when I was younger! Oh and the very expensive horse riding!

    Natasha Kendall | Beauty and Lifestyle

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  6. Oh wow what an amazing summer you have had and yay for learning to swim - I adore swimming. x

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  7. We have a local place here where they teach kids from a very young age. Its one thing I think everyone should know how to do.

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  8. Ah this is great, well done! My mum took me to swimming lessons the moment she could, forever grateful for that.

    Catstello | www.cattitudeandco.uk

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  9. Such a valuable skill to have. I learnt to swim at a young age and it is something I think everyone should do x

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  10. Two very important milestones to achieve - definitely a summer well spent!

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  11. Well done to J. I loved learning to swim when I was little. You should be so proud.

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  12. Swimming is such a valuble skill... I'm so glad she is making such great progress now! I hope it continues :0)

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  13. Swimming really is the best skill you can ensure your child has. So glad J is doing so well!

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  14. Aww, well done J on accomplishing so much over the summer. You should be very proud of yourself x

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  15. Way to go J!!! A great list of achievements,good on her!!!

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  16. Awww well done J - being able to swim is so important. I wish I was a stronger swimmer.

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  17. Well done J!
    We all love swimming, we just don't have the time to go swimming as much as we would want.

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  18. Well done J! You have achieved so much! Swimming is great.

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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  19. Brilliant! Well one J - two fantastic achievements :) Kaz x

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  20. Good job J ! I started and gave up on it , this post has given me a reason to try again

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  21. Fantastic! It's great when they get the hang of things like that, well done J!!

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  22. What fantastic skills to learn and both big milestones for one summer. Well done little lady x

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