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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - July

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Well Dominic’s lessons are finishing for the summer break soon unfortunately, but am planning to carry on visiting the pool regularly. Will definitely be taking costumes and inflatables when we go on holiday. Don’t want to lose the great impetus we have made so far.

Our teacher has said that over the last couple of lessons we can try to get the first Duckling award – he has already achieved 90% of it by blowing bubbles, being able to move a few metres on his front and jumping in. 

Now we just have to tackle the one remaining area that he is not at all happy about – lying on his back. When it comes to this part of the lesson he makes a big fuss. We have tried getting him to look for spiders on the roof. Well this wouldn’t exactly relax me either! He tends to stick his legs up at a 90 degree angle and moan like hell while trying to hold his head out of the water.  (No mean feat!) I don’t think ducklings do this. I am pleased though, it gives us something tangible to work on over the summer.

He tends to stick his legs up at a 90 degree angle and moan like hell while trying to hold his head out of the water.  I don’t think ducklings do this.

Another exciting achievement, we have been asked to move to the next group. It is an hour earlier, just after school starts, so instead of being merely super-organised in the morning I will have to step up a gear and be hyper-organised. I have visions of Elliot in arm bands in assembly and Dominic using his brother’s reading folder as a float.

I have visions of Elliot in arm bands in assembly and Dominic using his brother’s reading folder as a float.

There are quite a few babies in the current class though so it will be good to mix with slightly older children. He will probably learn more this way too. Bev said we will not rely on the arm bands so much in the new class.

Elliot is thoroughly enjoying his lessons and got his first end of term report. He has got a lot to work on but he has got ticks in some boxes. Considering he has only had a few lessons it is encouraging. His teacher works hard to communicate to him from the poolside but  his disability means that a demonstration would work better. She has been proactive and is trying to get a teaching assistant to work with him in the pool for next term.

Dominic is not impressed however. He kept trying to break through the barrier at Elliot’s last lesson to get in the pool! Nice that he is so keen. “Me-swimming-now-Mummy” was repeated at regular intervals getting louder and louder. One of my friends has kids of similar ages and they go to a different centre where they hold lessons for both age groups at the same time. Might look into that for the future but am feeling quite loyal to the boys teachers at the minute. It’s important to feel that connection and we might not get that somewhere else. I wonder if the teachers realise that communicating with parents is so crucial?

More next month with reports on seaside holidays and progress on getting the back of Dominic’s head and legs in simultaneous submersion!

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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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