A few months ago I wrote a post about Joshua and his swimming journey so far, in that he can’t swim and although his confidence was improving he was still rather unsure in the water so on returning from our holiday in July we started looking at swimming lessons.
From that point on life got in the way, Ollie went off for spinal surgery and funds were tight, I was pregnant and feeling under the weather and then with Joshua starting school in the September we decided to not stress about finding the money for swimming.
So with life getting slight back on track and my parents gifting us the funds for his swimming lessons last week Joshua took his first step on learning to swim properly.
We as parents were super excited if not massively anxious at just how he would cope in the water, after all learning to swim for me is a massively important life skill that I feel every child should have the opportunity to do as it could save a life!
Knowing the health benefits of learning to swim, such as increasing stamina, flexibility and improving posture and balance makes it all the more important for me that Joshua takes to the swimming lessons well.
So last week my little man pulled on his new swimming shorts and joined the class for his first lesson and thankfully there were several of his class mates already there but he was by far the most anxious … Ollie and I watched through the viewing area and both of us were feeling rather apprehensive as the others in the class seemed far more advanced … had we done the right thing?
The first task of the lesson was to chuck water in their own faces … all but Joshua managed it, however although refusing to carry out the task he certainly didn’t seem unduly phased by it and instead tried the other tasks with gusto!
Once given a pool noodle there really was no stopping him as he kicked hard and swam with the noodle he really seemed to settle into his stride … although there really was no giving up the noodle no matter how hard the teacher tried … not even the lure of a flat float so instead he kept the noodle and swam up and down like a pro …
I couldn’t believe it when the others were asked to dunk their faces as they swam and Joshua although didn’t do a full face dunk he dropped his face into the pool up to his nose … for me that moment marked the point I knew he would swim and it would not be as much as a battle as I thought it might be ….
He is happy and trying and for me that is all I can ask and it makes me super proud that he is my boy.