Monday saw us back to the swimming pool for Monkey’s swimming lessons. I’ve been a bit unimpressed with the number of different teachers he’s had since we started swimming lessons earlier this year. He isn’t a confident child and it takes a very long time for him to feel safe with other people. This has really shown up in the pool. If we go swimming he just grabs his woggle and he’s off. It normally ends up around his tummy rather than under his armpits. I’m sure he’d actually swim without it if he put his mind to it. But, in his lesson he is totally different. The confidence just isn’t there.
He will let the teacher or assistant hold one end of his float, he hardly kicks. They don’t see what I see. It’s quite frustrating at times. But I have seen some improvement with him going on his back. He cuddles a float, but his head is right back in the water now and his kicking is a bit more energetic. He’s moving in the right direction with this. Each week I can see his confidence growing.
This week, I got totally caught out with him and swimming on his front. Monkey took the plunge and I couldn’t believe my eyes. He held onto his float and kicked off from the side all by himself. He was off. I had to look twice for it to register that it was my son. I was so proud of him. He didn’t get right across the pool, but he nearly did. It was great, I was beaming with pride. Hopefully this is the start of a more confident Monkey in the pool. We’ll see.