We have been going back and forth about whether or not to start Cori in swim lessons. I’m big on asking other people for advice. Some say it’s not worth it and the kids will learn to swim when they are ready to swim. Others say it’s a MUST. It was pretty much a 50/50 split. Then begs the question, what type of swim lesson will you do? A mommy and me lesson, a lesson with a group, a lesson once a week, a lesson everyday, etc. So many choices! After MUCH prayer and discussion with David, as well as one of my dear friends just telling me to listen to my gut, we decided to sign Cori up for ISR (Infant Swimming Resource). It’s a pretty intense swimming program – the kids are one on one in the pool with the instructor, every day of the week, for approx. 10-12 minutes. I know 10-12 minutes doesn’t seem like much time, but it’s actually A LOT for those little kiddos! Oh, and did I mention that it’s a pretty penny to sign your kid up for ISR! But after only 2 lessons in the pool, I’m SO GLAD we made the decision we did!
CB started her lessons yesterday. She cried the WHOLE time – hysterically screaming mommy and daddy over and over again! I think it had more to do with the fact that I handed her to some lady she’d never met before than anything else. She’s not afraid of the water. … She did SO GOOD though, screaming and all! The instructor is this sweet woman who has the sweetest voice when she speaks to the kids – so encouraging! She worked on teaching Cori to hold her breath under water with her eyes open to look and swim for the wall. They pretty much worked on this the whole lesson, as well as today’s lesson. It’s pretty amazing to watch and Cori is catching on fast!
Here are some pictures from yesterday – bless her heart!
Today, after her lesson, I took her to the pool in our neighborhood to have some fun and practice what she has been learning. I could tell a difference the moment we got in the pool. In the past she has been SUPER tense in the water. Not afraid, just unsure of what to do with her little body. Today, she seemed so comfortable! She would put her face in the water on her own, kick her feet with ease, and she absolutely LOVED every minute of it. So funny how she will cry the ENTIRE time during the lesson, but do the same thing with me and truly enjoy it. Before starting lessons, I would let her go under the water and when she came up she would definitely need a minute to recuperate. Today she seemed to hold her breath with ease – after only 2 lessons!!
I’m so excited for my little girl to learn to swim. After 2 lessons she is already swimming to the wall from about 2 feet out. Is she a pro? No, but she is learning so fast! It makes the time and money investment SO worth it! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s lesson! :)