Jul 17, 2014

Swim Lessons: Round 1

Waiting for class to start the first day
Boy do I have some catching up to do! These pictures are from the end of May - and we started Round 2 of swim lessons this week!

Getting the run down on rules on the first day
Being able to swim is an important lesson we want our girls to learn in life. For one, by being able to swim they will be safer around pools and other bodies of water than if they lacked this skill. But more important, the ability to swim is a necessary skill where we live - when it gets to be 110 degrees outside, the best way to cool off and enjoy summer is by going swimming. I spent many a summer day throughout my childhood in a friend's pool swimming. And some of my first memories are of swimming, which also includes my first bee-sting memory. Never forgot what the breast stroke was after that - and the Coca Cola I got to drink after it cooled my boo boo. 


Any how, back to swimming. We had enrolled London in a parent-tot 6-week course way back when and had meant to get her in more classes as she aged but last summer just didn't happen, given all the painting we were doing, and then moving. That made me more determined than ever to get her enrolled this year. It had been recommened to me to check out what our local Parks & Recreation district offered. A quick Google search later, and I found a week of swim lessons located at a pool just down the street from the Girl's daycare for the last full week in May. And the cost was only $23!

London wasn't a fan of putting her head under water
The timing of the lessons was perfect too. 5-5:30 PM. Cameron happened to be out of town for work that week, so I was able to pick London up for lessons and then pick Sydney up on the way home given the close proximity to the daycare. That way I could focus on London and not be worried about Sydney's entertainment for a 1/2 hour around water. 

Shoulders voluntarily under the water - this was a huge step!
The first day of lessons was unseasonably cool and windy. Poor London got out of the water with blue lips and chattering teeth. But by the end of the week it was our normal toasty weather and London was loving the lessons. She even voluntarily put her shoulders under water by the end of the week. 

Of course, London made friends quickly. Here she is having a dance contest while waiting for class to start.
 
She has been asking to go back ever since.

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