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Richard’s Diary on swimming

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Richard (38) is a dad of 3 boys - Isaac (9), Arthur (7) and Rufus (3) - and recently took Isaac and Arthur to a week-long learn to swim scheme at Stratford Leisure Centre, Stroud.

We caught up with Richard to see how the week went...

Monday

Swimming: How did the lesson go today? What was the instructor like?
Richard:  The lesson went really well; Isaac enjoyed it and came out looking forward to tomorrow’s swim. There were 2 instructors; each working with a group of children with similar ability. The instructor who worked with Isaac looked smiley and relaxed

Swimming: What did you child learn?
Richard: There seemed to be focus on breathing whilst doing front crawl. The children used a float to help them stay afloat whilst breathing to the side and then they tried without the float – this seemed to work really well

Swimming: What did they like?
Richard: I think that Isaac liked the fact that the children were of similar ability and no one was miles better at swimming – I think it gave him a bit of a confidence boost.

Swimming: Any other thoughts?
Richard: These sessions are a great idea.

Tuesday

Swimming: How did the lesson go?
Richard: Very good again. This time Isaac’s younger brother joined the session. He was with a less able group with the other tutor. They both really enjoyed it.

Swimming: What did your child learn today?
Richard:  Isaac started to swim a length instead of a width. I could tell he was nervous but tried really hard. He needed a couple of stops on the way to the end. The instructor noticed that breathing is the main problem for most of the children when doing freestyle and so reinforced some of Monday’s lesson with some new static techniques which involved having his face side on to the water just as you would when you were swimming front crawl and breathing properly. Arthur swam under the water through a hoop and he also learnt how to kick whilst using a float. Arthur really enjoyed it and is looking forward to tomorrow’ session – he also feels confident to be in a group of similarly talented swimmers.  

Swimming:Any other thoughts?
Richard:  It was unfortunate that Arthur missed the first session because the letter that came home from school asking if we would like these lessons for our child came in Isaac’s bookbag and not in Arthur’s; I made the assumption that Arthur could not attend until I asked on Monday if, as a key stage 2 child, he could – luckily there was still a space because it would have been a shame if he had missed out.

Wednesday

Swimming: How did the lesson go today?
Richard: Isaac is really progressing – he did half a length of backstroke and looked like he could have done a whole one.
Arthur did some really good leg kicking using floats.

Swimming: Did you think your child was learning a lot?
Richard: I think that Isaac has already learnt a great deal in his 3 sessions – the fact that they are everyday seems to help with information retention and stamina.
Arthur has now been to 2 sessions and is also learning a lot – keeping his body relatively still in the water is something he is working really hard at.

Thursday 

Swimming: How did today’s lesson go?
Richard: Isaac swam an entire length without putting his feet down which is fantastic. Isaac’s group were also taught breaststroke which I felt was a stroke too far! All the children struggled with it and I was left wondering if the time could have been used more constructively to hone their crawl and backstroke skills. Arthur did some diving to the bottom of the pool to pick up objects which he really enjoyed. Arthur’s progress is slower than Isaac but he loves the session.

Swimming: What did you child particularly enjoy/ dislike?
Isaac wasn’t fond of breaststroke but loved the feeling of achievement on completing a length.
Arthur liked all of it particularly anything that meant he could swim underwater.

Friday

Swimming: How did today’s lesson go?
Isaac swam another length of front crawl. Breaststroke seemed to have been forgotten about! He was really pleased with himself and his progress.
Arthur looked much better today – he thought that he had done his ‘best front crawl’ and I would agree because he seemed more relaxed in the water and not twisting from side to side as much in the water.

Swimming: What did you child particularly enjoy/ dislike?
Both boys seemed really pleased with their own progress.

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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