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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - August

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No swimming lessons for Dominic this month as they don’t run through the summer holidays unfortunately, but we have been taking steps to make sure his aquatic experiences have not been limited!

The boys had their first real experience of paddling in the sea and having fun at the seaside. It’s the only holiday we’ve had where the weather has been good enough to spend more than three minutes on the beach before retreating to huddle in the car!

... he was not impressed with the bracing water temperatures and decided instead to sit on the beach and eat sand. And seaweed.

Elliot absolutely loved running in and out of the waves, screaming in pure delight. Dominic got very excited when we got the arm bands out and insisted on putting them on himself before toddling down to the water’s edge to see what all the fuss was about. Very safety conscious!  However he was not impressed with the bracing water temperatures and decided instead to sit on the beach and eat sand. And seaweed.  So there wasn’t much chance for testing out any swimming skills but I think he enjoyed it!

We have another seaside visit planned for later in the month. In case we are not so lucky with the British weather I have invested in shortie wetsuits for them both. Well I say invested, actually they were a complete bargain on ebay, so it doesn’t matter if they are only used a few times.  I am feeling pleased with myself for my foresight - perhaps Dominic will get in the water a bit more this time. We’ve been recommended a beautiful sheltered beach which looks perfect for swimming so open water here we come!

Have tried the helpful suggestion to put a duck on his tummy but it is crossly cast aside.

We have also been to public sessions in our local swimming pool a few times. The last remaining tick in the box before he can officially call himself a ‘duckling’ is to lie on his back and travel a short distance. Have been working on this but it generally causes a major temper tantrum. How can such a small person make that much noise?  I am sure other swimmers think we are trying to drown him so the efforts tend to be cut short.  Have tried the helpful suggestion to put a duck on his tummy but it is crossly cast aside. Have also attempted it in the bath (doubling up with rinsing out the shampoo) but with a similar reaction. Must be a phase (she said, hopefully). I must admit though, when you have already suffered multiple ‘terrible two’ tantrums that day the prospect of sparking off another one is not attractive!

Anyway, we are looking forward to the lessons starting again next month.  Watch out for my update in September – will that elusive Duckling certificate be achieved?

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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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