The girls have been taking swimming lessons for the past four weeks. Today was the last day, so I was allowed to come close to the pool and take pictures.
Katherine has had some challenges in the pool this summer. Last year, she passed Level 3 lessons so she enrolled in Level 4 this year. After the first day, the teachers moved her back to Level 3 because she was just not comfortable enough in the water. Kate grumbled at first, but was willing. At the end of two weeks she easily passed Level 3 and moved to Level 4.
She was excited about learning new strokes, but very hesitant about being in deep water. The second day she swam out into water over her head and panicked. After a minute she remembered to just float on her back, but by then a life guard had jumped in and pulled her to the side. Katherine was embarrassed and mad at herself and very frustrated. The head teacher talked to her and told her she just wasn't ready for Level 4. She sent us home to decided what we wanted to do. After much discussion and a whole lot of drama, we decided to just end swim lessons for this year.
The next day, Steve took Rachel to lessons and talked to the head swimming teacher. She and her staff had talked about the situation and suggested moving the Level 4 class to shallower water so that Katherine could continue. Kate was thrilled! So she went back to lessons and has done wonderfully. She is a good swimmer. Her strokes look strong and she tries so hard. She just doesn't trust herself to let go when the bottom is an unknown.
Today she was all smiles in the water. She passed most of the skills for Level 4 - everything but swimming in deep water and reversing directions while swimming. At the end of the day she received compliments from teachers and parents about her swimming and her bravery.
Rachel, of course, adores swimming lessons. This is typical Rae in the pool - underwater whenever possible!
She will try anything, anytime.
Today, every time I came near she shouted "Mom, look! This is a front glide/back glide/bob!"
She'd made friends with all her classmates and turned waiting time into an excuse to socialize. Of course.
Rachel just LOVES being in the water.
Personally, I am glad swimming lessons are over. I'm tired of wet swimsuits everywhere and waiting in 90+ degree heat. But I am so glad that my girls know how to swim and that they love to do so!