Dominic the Duckling - March
Dominic is now officially an ASA ‘duckling’ with last month’s achievement of the first stage in his learn to swim journey. Catch up with his continued progress with his Mum’s blog.
Dominic gets so excited on swimming lesson days! As soon as we get up, which is well over an hour before it’s time to leave the house, he is busy. He gets out our swimming bag and starts to pack. He gets his trunks from the drawer. Finds a towel from the airing cupboard. Then asks for crisps (we always have a ‘picnic’ afterwards). That takes up about ten minutes. Then for the next fifty minutes he asks if it’s time to go yet! Great that he is so keen!
As soon as we get up, which is well over an hour before it’s time to leave the house, he is busy. He gets out our swimming bag and starts to pack.
We have been busy working on our next badge – hope to report on this next time! The great thing is he enjoys his lessons so much that he is always in a good mood and seems ready to learn new things. Just this week he learned the fine art of ‘swizzling’ round whilst holding onto the floats. One demo from the teacher is all he needed and now you can’t stop him swizzling like mad! ‘Push and glide’ is a popular pastime, he is very good at this now and practices in the bath too!
I am glad that I talk to our teacher during the lesson so I know that these are the things we should be working on. Sometimes though I think that parents don’t know what they should be getting out of their lesson. What are the badges their children should be working to? What are the different stages? And what can you do to help when you go swimming at the weekend? Some of the answers can be found here on a series of new web pages and it would be great to hear your thoughts.
Also this month his Dad took him to a different pool one weekend where they have a wave machine. This was very popular and they also braved a large flume together, although only once I believe (too scary for Daddy). He talked about this visit for days and days afterwards and also mentions it during our lessons. I might suggest one or two games for them to play next time!