Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week ten
Hi I’m Claire and I am enjoying recounting the highs and lows of my little son Dominic’s learning to swim journey.
I have decided our youngest should now be referred to as ‘Dom the bomb’. You might remember those old style safety posters by the side of the pool. Something like "Would patrons kindly refrain from.. DUCKING, RUNNING, PETTING and BOMBING”. Maybe the last one needs to be brought back. He just loves bombing down the little toddler slide! Heaven help any unsuspecting babies floating past!
The toddler slide is a tricky situation for the protective parent. You can’t be in two places at once. You either stand by the steps in case he trips on the way up (he can fall over a speck of dust so this stage is fairly risky). Or you hover in the water to catch him at the point of immersal so he doesn’t drown. With armbands on this is not so much of a worry.
When I start to shrivel up it's time to go. Red Alert! Tantrum Risk factor five warning!
His other favourite pastime comes at the end of each lesson and is a wonderful invention for getting him out of the pool. (A nice problem to have, bearing in mind his aversion to swimming just a few short weeks ago.) He adores the poolside shower. The combination of seeing what happens when he presses the big button and having a three minute burst of lovely warm water is heaven to an almost two year old. Well this one anyway. He has no qualms at the water going in his eyes and wants to stand there for as long as possible.
When I start to shrivel up it's time to go. Red Alert! Tantrum Risk factor five warning! I now have to limit the number of button pushes he is allowed before we towel dry. (There we go, numeracy - another developing skill from swimming!) This works. Aaah, relief, downgrade to Tantrum Risk minimal.
All this newfound confidence with water is pleasing to see. His kicking ‘technique’ (if you can call it that!) is getting better every week too. He is definitely moving slowly of his own volition. Backwards more often than not! A parent said to me the other day that her kiddie didn’t get the connection between kicking and getting from A to B until at least age 3. Could we be waiting another year before we move on? I’d love to hear your views!