If you have been round here for a while you will know that Jacob started swimming lessons last year with the help of the fabulous Konfidence team as Jacob was baby ambassador team member.
We ventured to our local East Midlands Swimming Academy (EMSA Babies) class and he took to the water well becoming a bit of a water baby.
After our journey with Konfidence ended Ollie and I decided to keep going with swimming lessons for Jacob as Joshua had been a really timid swimmer and had struggled to gain confidence so wanted to help give Jacob that water confidence early and getting him to swim was a life skill we thought was important.
Last week we had out last session of term 3 (there are 9-10 sessions per term) and I thought it would be a great way to make this milestone by sharing how far his toddler swimming lessons have gone.
Over the last 4-5 session I have once again seen a massive change in Jacob’s confidence levels and he is actually now using his legs to kick instead of hoping someone will pull him through the water. He is working hard and loving being on his front and kicking and loves using the long dumbbell type floats (one under each arm) and I can now let him go and he attempts to kick and move. He prefers however using a water woggle/swim noodle as he seems to be able to steady himself better with them.
We are still struggling with Jacob on his back and doing the star float. He is a kid that likes to be the boss and putting him on his back takes that away from him so we often get a few temper related tears.
Ollie has now been banned from taking Jacob to his normal lessons as when he watches or if he goes in the pool with him he totally plays up and refuses to do anything he would normally do with me. He knows a few tears will melt his Daddy, whereas I am more strict and won’t take any nonsense.
We have already paid for batch number 4’s lessons and will be starting those again next week. I have loved watching his confidence grow and have loved having something thats just for us two to spend some time together.
I know that if we keep going on this path he will be swimming on his own in no time at all.