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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week seven

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Hi there everyone, welcome to week seven of my regular swimming blog which tells the story of 20 month old Dominic’s experiences of learning to swim.

It was a very quiet lesson again this week. Bev explained some of the younger ones have qualified for Free Swimming instead. It’s good to see that the pool is offering these sessions. Bev said that the pool is also doing adult swimming lessons for free in particular age groups so I make a mental note to find out more so I can tell our non-swimming next door neighbour. 

...I am reassured as we have an excellent lesson. Apart from the pool swigging he does really well.

I think I have recruited a friend to join our lessons – her little one-year-old loves the water but hasn’t had any lessons yet – a duckling in the making! She had been putting it off – partly because she couldn’t decide where and when to go but mainly down to being anxious, just like I was! My stories have encouraged her to get going on lessons.

Dominic has begun to get very interested in drinking the pool water. It keeps distracting him from what he is meant to be doing! He has a bit of phase of this at the minute – does it with bath water too. Unfortunately though after last week’s lesson it gave him the runs – to put it politely! Swiftly followed by nappy rash so I want to nip that in the bud.

After my concerns as to his progression last week, I am reassured as we have an excellent lesson. Apart from the pool swigging he does really well.  He is having a development spurt in general at the moment so it’s a good time for him to be learning new things. Sucking it up like a sponge – although I wish not quite so literally!!

Bev gives us some good tips for practising when we are out of the pool. As he hasn’t yet got the hang of kicking his legs, she says to try: sitting on the side of the settee and kicking. A bit concerned about the state of my furniture here but with a toddler and a five year old in the house its not exactly a palace anyway. A more obvious (and less potentially damaging!) technique involves lying down in a shallow bath and kicking. My elder one does this with great delight at bathtime so it would be easy to get Dominic to copy. Just remember to wear full body protection!

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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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