Turning Dominic into a Duckling - September
More open water experiences this month with a trip to the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Norfolk.
The wetsuits went down a treat – I would highly recommend them to anyone planning to spend time on a British beach with kids in tow, in any weather! Dad also took the plunge to give the boys a good example to follow. I would like to say that they were paying full attention to his great technique and following suit but they were too busy clambering in and out of rock pools and chasing the waves!
After being left to their own devices for an hour or so (giving me time to relax in the sun – hurrah!) Dad decided it was time for them to brave the icy depths and carried them into the North Sea despite verbal protests “sand, Daddy. No, Daddy, sand!” After the initial shock of freezing cold water seeping through the neoprene they seemed to quite enjoy it. At least as far as I could tell from my deckchair vantage point in between snoozes!
There were no tears or tantrums and all three of them flopped down on a towel thoroughly exhausted. The only difference being after a quick drink and a nibble on a sandwich the two youngest swimmers were fresh as a daisy and ready for more…
Back home and back to school also means swimming lessons begin again. With the change of timing came a whole new gaggle of splashing toddlers to make friends with! A much bigger class this time which was good fun – plenty of interaction and opportunities to copy other children when they are doing it right. There must be a technical term for when that happens, mirroring or modelling or something – in any case it works! Unfortunately it does go both ways as Dominic will copy all kinds of behaviour including pouring a full watering can over my head. I wouldn’t mind but he nearly rinsed out my contact lenses. Would have made the drive home quite interesting to say the least!
We don’t use armbands any more so I expected a return of the clinging Koala of early lessons but to my surprise he was very confident. He has got the hang of grasping two floats at once and even managed a short distance kicking, with me supporting his tummy. Multi-tasking at such an early age – very impressive!