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Dominic the Duckling - Winter

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Dominic and I are continuing to enjoy our weekly lesson at the local pool when I use that half-hour for some lane swimming.

The centre supports The Big Splash so I have been able to use my Reward Card for my adult swim.  I really look forward to my weekly workout – I managed 34 lengths this week.  It has spurred me on to sign up to the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief next year!  I reckon by April I should be able to manage at least double that (may take me a bit longer than 30 minutes though!).

The latest fascination in this particular three-year-old’s world is my goggles.  He doesn’t wear them in the pool though.  Instead they are his eye-wear of choice for the school run...

The little man is progressing well. These days I have to rely much more on the feedback from the teacher as I am so busy with my own swimming!  He gets a quick wave every now and then.  He is very relaxed on his back and goes a few metres holding onto a float behind his head with no support. Well done Dom!

The latest fascination in this particular three-year-old’s world is my goggles.  He doesn’t wear them in the pool though.  Instead they are his eye-wear of choice for the school run (which does attract some funny looks) and in bed. I have to remember to remove them once he is asleep for health and safety reasons!

Great news on the swimming front too for Dom’s elder brother who is autistic.  After Christmas he begins 1-2-1 swimming lessons.  He was finding mainstream lessons wonderful fun, but despite the intervention of a helper, didn’t seem to be actually learning a great deal.  

His primary school six week intensive course in the summer was fantastic and he progressed in leaps and bounds, thanks to the help of his classroom assistant in the water.  He blossomed when the instructions to his classmates were put in words and actions he could identify with. 

I wonder which Mr Men character would make the best swimmer?

Elliot's main obsession is Mr Men books so Mr Tickle used his very long arms and Mr Tall his very long legs to help out.  I wonder which Mr Men character would make the best swimmer?  Our playroom is a Mr Men shrine so I class myself of something of an expert (second to Elliot of course). Mr Bump would get his bandages wet. Mr Snow would melt. Mr Rush might be quite streamlined in the water but would probably splash a lot and not get anywhere.  Little Miss Twins would be great at synchro! And how about Little Miss Somersault  for the next Tom Daley prodigy. When I asked Elliot he said ‘Mr Swimming’, an inspired answer which I may pass on to the publishers. 

Anyway, it was obvious that he needs this personalised approach so am pleased to have actually managed to get external funding for a series of 1-2-1 lessons.  I will have to remember to brief the teacher about Mr Tickle! More on progress on this next time.

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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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