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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week three

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Hi, I’m Claire and I’m continuing to share my experiences of taking my 18-month old son Dominic for swimming lessons at our local pool. We are learning more every week! Read below to see what happened in our third lesson.

Some new additions to our group this week - more new friends for us to make. It’s amazing how easy it is to get chatting. Sharing time in the water with splashing babies and toddlers is a bonding experience! One of the mums had cancelled lessons at another pool because the water was so cold.  She had to leave before the end - both of them had chattering teeth. Luckily our pool is nice and warm.

Sharing time in the water with splashing babies and toddlers is a bonding experience!

We have a different teacher today as Bev is on holiday. I hope Dominic will not be put off by all the new  faces. But teacher Tanya is very welcoming and makes sure everyone has fun with plenty of singing which Dominic loves. She says when Bev gets back we might start having music from a CD called ‘Swim a Song’ which sounds like a great idea.

Dominic is good at lying on his back and kicking his legs. Then we travel widths of the pool blowing bubbles underwater and chasing brightly coloured balls. His new favourite is the elephant watering can which gets him used to having his hair wet. He is so much more confident today, I am really pleased.  

I decide it is time for his first experience of showering. They are next to the pool – I hope he won’t try and make a sharp exit  if he is not keen.  He will be slippery! He always has a bath at home so looks mystified - eyes the size of saucers!  He follows the lead of his friend Luke and they stand together giggling under the warm water. He lets me wash his hair without screaming blue murder – a big milestone as all mum’s know! 

So another successful lesson, I look forward to our next weekly splash time. Learning for this week:

  • Check the water temperature of the pool before you book
  • Have a towel ready for keeping warm after showering

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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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