After starting swimming with Puddle Ducks back in October Gabe is now half way through his second block of lessons and I’m so pleased with the progress that he’s making that I really wanted to share a bit more about it with you.
So if you’ve read my first post about Gabe’s swimming experience then you’ll know that he didn’t exactly take to it like the proverbial duck to water. In fact he spent the first two lessons sitting on the side of the pool, crying, sobbing, and wailing while I was in the water trying to encourage him to get in! By the third lesson he stopped crying, and after spending the first part of the lesson on the side he actually got in the water! By week four he was joining in with the whole lesson.
And then, in our last lesson before Christmas (which was week 7) Gabe watched the other children do their underwater swims and when I asked him if he wanted to have a go he surprised us all by saying yes! He went under the water twice in that lesson, and although I still wouldn’t say it was his favourite thing to do he didn’t cry at all.
We went back to our lessons after the Christmas holiday and despite having three weeks off, Gabe was eager to get back in the water. He didn’t go back under water that first week back but he did the week after. And not only his he doing under water swims he is joining in with the whole lesson and really enjoying himself. He likes holding on to the wall and do his monkey walks along, he enjoys doing cowboy rides on my back, and he absolutely loves when they get to go on the giant float!
Of course there are still a few bits he’s not a big fan of, like blowing bubbles in the water, or when he gets splashed by the other children. And occasionally, like last week, he just doesn’t want to do something for no real reason. He is two and a half after all and no-one is going to win an argument with a two and a half year old when they don’t want to do something!
Over all though Gabe is making fantastic progress in his Puddle Ducks lessons and I’m sure by the time we go on holiday in the summer he’s going have no problems playing in the pool with Toby and the rest of the family.
**We received one block of lessons with Puddle Ducks in exchange for sharing our experiences. However, we were so impressed with Gabe’s progress that we are now paying to continue with lessons.