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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week thirteen

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Catch up with the latest instalment of my young son Dominic’s adventures in learning to swim.

Who can unravel the secrets of the mind of a small child? Certainly not their parents, or not this one anyway. I hope I’m not alone by failing to understand the fascination they have with everyday objects. 

Apart from his toy hammer his other best friend at the minute is a 2ft long rubber seal

Take changing room lockers. What fun it is to bang shut (with force) every one that is open. And to peer inside every closed one. Even better, clamber inside and hide from Mummy. Then remove the key and give several minutes focused attention on trying to fit it back in the hole. I shouldn’t complain, it gives me chance to get changed! Just hope he doesn’t lock himself in one day! A bit more dangerous is his other current fascination with hammers, almost smashing the conservatory window yesterday. Needless to say it was replaced with a toy version pretty swiftly!

Apart from his toy hammer his other best friend at the minute is a 2ft long rubber seal.  Imaginatively named “Seal”. Bev said we should bring some bath toys to the pool to add to the fun so Seal joined us.  Apart from initially terrifying Luke with it (Seal is rather life-like with big teeth) it worked rather well and functioned as an extra flotation aid for some of the lesson!

Dominic is getting good at sitting on the side and kicking now and is slowly getting the hang of push-glides from the side. His legs are still not quite there yet but he will sometimes try and move about the pool by cycling his legs and has started to use his arms to reach for objects which Bev says is progress. He still loves the slide and the shower so there are plenty of positives to make our lessons an enjoyable experience still.

And I am pleased to say older brother Elliot will start his lessons next week! He’s autistic so I wasn’t sure, but the pool staff were really helpful and offered a taster session first. He was a complete star and adored every second! His school do crash courses in the summer term but not till next year for his age unfortunately.

Might also start coming as a family at the weekend. Then I can say I go swimming three times a week! Not sure if going with the kids does anything for my fitness levels but you never know if Daddy comes along I might be able to escape briefly and do a length or two!

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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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