Monday, June 22, 2009

Glutton for punishment...swimming lesson style.

Remind me, what are the purpose of swimming lessons?

Oh, yeah. To learn how to do that "s" word. Swim? No, swim wasn't actually the "s" word I was thinking of. Survival was the word on my mind.

We have survived two 8 week sessions since January and I am feeling like a glutton for punishment by enrolling her in yet another session. Obviously I don't have a future swim team member on my hands here, but I would like her to be able to survive if she ever accidentally fell in some water deeper than 18 inches. 16 lessons later and we still aren't at the point of flipping over and swimming to the side.

To Lily's credit, she has overcome a lot of her fears and will on occasion put her face in the water. It is in a quick plunging manner though that has caused us to have our first bout with swimmer's ear...kind of odd for a non-swimming kid.

Also to her credit, we haven't exactly had the perfect coaching situation. We've experienced 4 different coaching changes over those two sessions which is enough to confuse any child I'm sure.

Remember this post? Well, we started out with a guy so young that I swear his mother must have been dropping him off to teach the lessons. So I made a change to a young mom who was excellent. Lily started to build a rapport with her and things were on the up and up. See these pictures? She is actually off the step and in the water...big improvement over this.



It takes a lot of effort to float on your back and keep your ears out of the water at the same time.

Then the club abruptly changed instructors which brought us to another guy who was easy on the eyes but not so great on the lessons. Yet again another staffing change delivered a sweet grandmotherly woman who Lily simply didn't respond to. Sadly, 4 months of dragging two kids to the gym for lessons at the crack of each Monday dawn didn't produce many results.

Although I'm not asking for prayer for her swim coach like I did in January, please keep us in mind as we try another venue this afternoon and hopefully stick with the same coach for these next two weeks of daily lessons. Third time is the charm, right?

And if it's not? This mom is thinking of a "d" word. No, not drowning....just DONE...I plan on being done with swim lessons regardless of how all this turns out...until it is time to put Jade in of course. Notice how I wait until they are old enough to do it on their own? Mommy and me swim lessons just do not sound fun. If I'm going to be dealing with a screaming and kicking child, I'd prefer to be humiliated while fully clothed. Thank you very much.

12 comments:

Rachelle said...

Just bring her up to PA for two weeks! I will teach her! I LOVE to swim!

Christina said...

are u having all the staffing changes at lifetime? they seem to be run by teenagers and are disorganized. we love winkids. have you tried there? the best part is that during the school year the classes are small since people tend to not show up!

Matt & Kristin said...

Kerry, We did swim lessons at Aqua Kids and both girls loved it!! I was VERY impressed with it, both facility and staff/instructors. I would do it during the winter though during the day, we had private lessons because the classes hadn't filled up yet and then another kids joined the class but the class was still small.

H-Mama said...

oh, those crazy swim lessons!! we are in the middle of it. you are a trooper for having stuck in there so long... ;)

life with the wisners said...

dude, we REALLY need to get together. my kiddos got some random don'tliketogoswimming gene. no idea.

seriously...we should compare notes.

Southern Comfort said...

Maybe you could hire a private teacher for them. That way, you know who you're getting. My other suggestion was for you to do it with them, but I think your last paragraph explains why that won't work. I tried swimming lessons once with my son and didn't really get that much out of it. We had much better luck just getting in the pool with all the cousins, but then again, I like to get in the pool. Even at my age!

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

I was nearly humiliated by Luke when he clung to me at the pool the other day!

jennifer said...

i have been going back and forth about putting avery in swimming lessons for months now. she is so afraid of...everything.

when i put her in the pool with ME she freaks out. I can't imagine her being willing to trust an absolute stranger.

Growin' with it! said...

i say if you don't have a pool in your backyard...now's the time to invest in one.

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