Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week five
Hi everyone, I’m Claire and my 19-month old son Dominic and I regularly attend swimming lessons at our local pool. Read my regular updates on how he is getting on with learning to swim!
No swimming lessons this week because of the Easter break. I don't want Dominic to miss his weekly swim and splash about. The family is off to France so I make sure I pack his swim nappy, trunks and a rubber ring in case we come across 'la piscine'. And of course I pack the rest of the family's swim kit, Dominic is not quite ready to jump in solo!
The family is off to France so I make sure I pack his swim nappy, trunks and a rubber ring in case we come across 'la piscine'
A couple of days into our holiday and we find a nice, modern looking leisure centre in a nearby town. The kids get excited about going for a swim. I look forward to us all being in the pool together for the first time. We can practice his kicking and I try to remember some of the songs and actions from the lessons.
D'oh! We get to the pool only to find it is closed for lunch. I forget that France shuts down for a few hours in the middle of the day. The boys are disappointed but we return later.
I am anxious - will the different environment bring a return of the 'baby koala' of our first lesson? But Dominic is very excited. The facilities are great for toddlers and he spends ages going up and down a slide. He laughs every time he lands with a huge splash. Slides turn out to be his favourite - he even goes down the big slide in Daddy's arms.
We have some classic magic moments with Dominic and his older brother holding hands and jumping in. In my head I congratulate myself on taking him to lessons so he is confident in the water to enjoy this time.
Learning points this week:
- Remember to pack your swimming gear when going away - experience other pools
- Go swimming as a family - great fun and good for building confidence