i've mentioned previously about my love for harper's swim lessons and her teacher, maggie. harper started in august 2011, and has made immense progress. she is now swimming across the width of the pool, both freestyle and backstroke, 95% on her own with a little bit of guidance here and there, and working towards breaststroke and butterfly. i am utterly impressed. she occasionally will ask when swimming lessons are done (like she asked about dance...more to come on that topic), and i keep telling her that swimming is a life skill and i don't foresee stopping in the near future. she does completely fine when she's there, with only the occasional grumpy face.
over spring break, i took the girls to open swim. crosby was hooked and i was thankful that harper could swim so well, because little one didn't want to stop jumping off the side and going underwater. she didn't want me to hold her, she only wanted to swim and dive like big sister was doing. i decided then and there that i had to get her into lessons. for her to have fun, and also to get her acclimated to the water before summer hit. but the only way i would do it was if maggie was her teacher, too. well, lucky us, maggie was looking to teach a mini lesson and within 2 weeks, we were putting crosby into the water and into amazing hands.
it's been 4 weeks. the first 2 went amazingly well, and then she was brought to lesson 3 and the underwater dunks. that's when tears started. i think it overwhelmed her because she wasn't jumping and doing it on her own. so maggie has backed off a bit, and we're working on increasing her comfortability again. she doesn't not like it, and she still gets excited to go. so we continue and turn those tears around.
and i love that maggie is also working on waiting. crosby doesn't really like to wait. but the fact that she is sitting on the side of the pool, patiently waiting for her turn is an added bonus and a shock. that maggie does some amazing things.
if you're looking for lessons, try out goldfish swim school. you won't be disappointed.