I don’t want to join a Swimming Club
Jasmine liked her swimming lessons but wasn’t sure if she wanted to join a club. Read her story and see if it helps you…
Billy’s younger sister Jasmine in about to move to Secondary School & has been attending a Lesson Programme with a local Swim School. She’s got to the BG Learn to Swim Programme level 7 & is a competent swimmer on three strokes – she’s not a natural breaststroke swimmer!
Her Mum wants her to follow Billy into the local Swimming Club, but Jasmine is not at all convinced:
“Mum wants me to join the Swimming Club, but all they do is swim up & down & do galas – I would hate it, and if they wanted me to do early mornings….no way ! I like my bed & if I was meant to be up at 5.30 in the morning, I would die. It’s not natural!
I will give up – that’s the only solution – I don’t want to smell of chlorine when I go to school………”
What are the options?
(a) Joining a Club where all they want me to do is swim up & down – no way !
(b) Doing competitions – no way !
(c) But I do like my swimming & wouldn’t mind carrying on as long as I could try other water based sports – but I don’t want to get involved with a new sport or activity – going to a new school is going to be a big enough challenge
(d) Doing something about exercise is important to me – I want to stay slim!
(e) I could stay in the lesson programme & try diving, water polo or synchro – that might be fun.
(f) I would really like to stay in touch with my friends at swimming
(g) Perhaps there is a ‘swim for fitness’ section at the club where Billy went – where I can go once a week & not do galas?
(h) They have a pool at my new school – I’m sure they said something about fitness swimming at the induction day?
So what did Jasmine decide?
"I’m not ready to do anything new, so I’m going to stay with my friends & try some water polo – it seems really good fun & not really as rough as I thought it would be. There is a also a ‘swim fitness group’ at my new school, so I’m going to see if I can join that in September with some of my friends. Anything but swim up & down for no real purpose.
At least Mum’s happy I’m doing something."