Everly started her swimming lessons yesterday. We signed her up for Parent & Tot lessons over a month ago because we were worried that the class would fill up. We had originally planned on signing her up for lessons in August as well but we have recently changed our minds as it will be the same as what we are doing now with her. Instead we do plan to go swimming a lot at the pool! The prices are reasonable for lessons, and for regular admittance. There are even value swim times where its only $3.75 to get in!
We do have a full class of about 9+ little ones depending on how many show up for the class that day. The girls are outnumbered there are 3 girls, and depending on how many show up as many as 9 boys in the class. I was really nervous yesterday for the very first lesson as I just was not sure what to expect. I relaxed almost instantly when I saw who was going to be leading the class, I recognized the person right away. I was certain that her instructor was a former camper of mine from Anvil. Sure enough at the end of the lesson I was able to confirm this, for whatever reason this just makes me feel even better about the lessons as I know she has a huge heart for little ones.
We decided to do this as mostly a Daddy and daughter bonding time, so Jason will be doing most if not all of the lessons with her right now. I’ll probably do them next year with her. They do a lot of games in that 30 minute times, games that you would think aren’t really teaching them anything but really they are.
They are learning to enter the water when they are instructed to by their parents, how to kick, how to blow bubbles, and so much more.
Jason and I had agreed a long time ago that we wanted our kids to start swimming lessons as soon as possible, we both feel that learning water safety and how to swim are really important. We want our kids to have the ability to swim if ever needed. We also want them to enjoy playing in the water and not have a fear of it. 6 months almost seems like the perfect age to start as Everly is so willing to try different things, but she does still let us know if she does not like something.
It seems we have a water loving baby on our hands, which didn’t surprise us with how much she splashes in the tub at bath time. Even the instructor commented on how much she seems to enjoy playing in the pool. She kicks like a little froggy. Today, the instructor had the parents put a rubber ducky in the water and get their kids to swim to it. Everly really enjoyed this game, and caught on very quickly.
We’re looking forward to all of her lessons, and its already proven to be a great excuse to go to the pool and cool off with the hot weather this week.