We are on day 2 of swim lessons. Yesterday went pretty well, and I thought I’d share our experience, in case you’re thinking about swim lessons for your kids. It’s a great skill to have, and so important for their safety.
Taking 3 to the Pool
Both the twins, who are 3, and my oldest, who is 5, are taking lessons. My oldest son took an introductory class (like the twins are taking now,) last summer with my Dad. This year, he is on his own with the instructors. My Dad was actually a little nervous about him not having an adult just with him, so he came along with all of us.
Now, by all of us, I mean we also had our babysitter come with. For the introductory class, you need one adult per child. This is a challenge for many parents of twins, but we lucked out finding our babysitter that agreed to come to lessons too.
So, after getting everyone in swim suits (and swim diapers for the twins as we have NOT tackled potty training at all,) packing up towels, fighting over who would ride with Grandpa, we headed to the lessons. We’re taking swimming through our Park and Recreation Department, and the lessons take place at an outdoor pool not far from our house. I signed us up for the 11:20 am lessons in Mid July, thinking it would have to be warm in Wisconsin by then. Yesterday was a little overcast, and the water was pretty cold, but today was warm and sunny.
(I didn’t get any pictures at the pool because I left all everything in the car. Plus, I probably would have dropped my phone in the pool. So, these are the only pictures I have.)
Surprisingly, we arrived early, so we all stood and watched the previous lessons finish up. I think the excitement of going in the water, plus the new surroundings kept everyone in good moods and good behavior.
The instructors took a brief break between lessons, then gathered us all to talk to us about how the program works. Each instructor introduced themselves, talked about inclement weather, and then showed us where each group would meet each day.
The twins had a very friendly girl, who had been doing lessons for quite a while it seemed. My oldest son had four instructors for his group, so Grandpa had nothing to worry about. Plus, I could see him from where are groups were situated.
All three had a great time!
What happened in class
We sang Wheels on the Bus (while going in a circle and doing different actions in the water,) If you’re Happy and You know it (same concept,) a boat song (where they get spun around,) lots of kicking, and scooping/paddling. To help with the scooping and kicking, they got to pick a toy from a bucket, and throw it. They then were supposed to kick or scoop to it. We also tried blowing bubbles, but that only resulted in swallowing a lot of water. To end the class, they got to jump off the side into our arms. Both twins were a little apprehensive at first, but by the end, both were reaching for our hands and jumping full force.
Grandpa watched my oldest, and said he did great. They floated on their backs, went underwater, and also did a lot of kicking.
We will be going to lessons every week day for the next two weeks. I really think by the end they will be very comfortable in the water, and maybe my oldest will be a step closer to swimming.
I forgot to mention a HUGE bonus to swim lessons! Not only do they burn off a lot of energy so they are actually hungry and asking for lunch, but they are super tired for their naps. The twins slept for close to 3 HOURS yesterday! If that doesn’t make you want to sign your kids up, I don’t know what will.
Have you tried swim lessons with your kids? Did they enjoy them?