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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week two

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Hi, I’m Claire and I’d like to share my experiences of taking my 18-month old son Dominic for his first swimming lessons at our local pool. It is turning out to be quite a journey for both of us! Read below to find out how we got on during the second lesson.

Well here we are at poolside ready for our second lesson. I am a little anxious after last week but followed my own advice. I gave Dominic a snack to eat in the car and so far so good. He seems quite happy in the pool environment.

When we get out of the water Dominic has a little surprise waiting for me in his swim nappy. Oh no! One of my worst nightmares has come true.

We are a few minutes early, in contrast to the rush last time! I let him take things at his own pace and set him down so that the water laps gently at his toes.  I’m apprehensive. Will he turn around and run back to the changing room?

He potters around at the water’s edge for a few minutes. He’s not going to go in. Am I going to have to take over?  Then he spots a ball floating on the water.  “Ball, Mummy!” he shouts excitedly and starts wading in. Amazing! A big sigh of relief from me!

From then on it’s plain sailing. We jig around singing songs, blow bubbles under the water, we even splash our faces and he loves it all. Dominic sits on the side as Humpty Dumpty and laughs out loud when he ‘has a great fall’ into my arms. 

We are having great fun!  Our friends Debbie and Luke enjoy the lesson too.  Suddenly it seems a perfect way to spend half an hour instead of the ordeal of last week.

Now it is on to the serious business of learning to swim. He lies on his back with his legs out straight but can’t quite grasp that he needs to kick.  Bev the instructor says he will get the hang of this over the coming weeks. 

Then he attempts a mini push and glide from the side. I am so pleased! What a difference from last week – no baby koalas in sight!

Before we know it, it’s time to say goodbye, I am sorry the lesson is over and we spend a little extra time splashing in the shallow end. He is so confident now I can’t quite believe it. It all went so well…Ah, well not quite.

When we get out of the water Dominic has a little surprise waiting for me. Oh no! One of my worst nightmares has come true, a ‘number two’ in his swim nappy!

After a brief moment of panic Debbie hands me some wipes and it’s sorted.  Ten minutes later we are both dressed and dry and I wonder what I ever had nightmares about!  So, what have I learned this week?

•    Roll on next week I feel I can deal with anything now!

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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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