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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week eight

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Two months down the line from beginning swimming lessons, read about 20-month old Dominic’s experiences in the pool.

Good news! A major breakthrough on the kicking legs front! Those of you who have been following Dominic’s progress through my regular blogs will know that this has been a little bit of a sticking point so far.

Good news! A major breakthrough on the kicking legs front!

At this weeks lesson I asked Bev if it was normal for him to be not even trying to self-propel. Apparently by his age he should be. Lazy bones then! He is very comfortable lying over the woggle whilst floating gently around the pool. Leaving his mum to do all the work. I do not want this to be a growing trend.

We tried Bev’s suggestions from last week to kick and splash in the bath with some success. He has at least learnt to say “kick, kick” with some volume. Amazing how sound from the bathroom reverberates through the whole house.

At one of the initial lessons he rejected the use of inflatable arm bands with a “no, mummy”, and “off, mummy” so I hadn’t thought of using them since. Here is where the teacher’s expertise really helped. She suggested trying him again with them. Then he wouldn’t be reliant on me holding him up. It would make him feel more independent.

I wasn’t so sure. Our Dominic is quite firm on what he does and doesn’t like! He has also taken to using his teeth with great effect just lately when I don’t conform to his every need immediately. Terrible two’s come early!!


But, success! He does not complain when I slip the arm bands on. Bev was right, he is delighted to be able to float on his own. I stand in front of him with one of his favourite floating fish, just out of reach. To my surprise those little legs start bicycling underwater!

What a great lesson, I really feel we have achieved something. I am glad I wasn’t afraid to ask for extra help. After all, that’s what the teacher is there for. My little duckling is learning to paddle!

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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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