Dominic the Duckling - Spring
Welcome to my latest update and I am pleased to say Dominic is progressing well at his lessons.
He can swim a little way on his own with no support and is much more confident at jumping in independently. He can put his face in the water and even dips under the water through a hoop without too much fuss.
His favourite super-hero (this week) is Batman. I don’t know if anyone remembers the original Batman film where he has a nasty encounter with a shark hanging off his leg (which later explodes!) This has stuck in Dominic’s mind and he ducks his head under looking for sharks, ready to ask Robin in the Bat-copter for help. “Hand me down the shark repellent Batspray!” Who would have thought that a film made in 1966 could help a little boy learn to swim decades later! Holy guacamole!
Hand me down the shark repellent Batspray!
I am also continuing to enjoy my half hour swim and am trying to increase and improve my rate in time for the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief next month. Not long to go now! The trouble is, the pool is getting so busy with everyone else doing lengths it is sometimes hard to find space! A positive thing though that more people locally are getting the message about the benefits of swimming.
My autistic elder son has been enjoying a series of 1-2-1 lessons. He has managed to kick his way across the pool with armbands on but progress very much depends on what mood he is in! Although he gets distracted when the pool is busy his teacher is very enthusiastic and works hard. He takes his favourite dinosaurs who are also learning to swim. Mr Men are out - anything that ends in ‘saurus’ is in – big-time! He’s confident enough in the water but it’s clear it’s going to be a long journey to get the basic skills established. Stegosaurus and T-rex will be with us all the way, or until the next obsession comes along anyway!