During the long year-end holidays that just passsed, we decided that Ethan and Hannah should make full use of it to learn a lifelong skill in swimming. I planned for an “intensive” 10-coaching sessions course for them, and worked hard to ensure they completed it before the craziness of the school term began.
I’m pleased to say that we completed our ten lessons on the Friday before school began.
Even more so, in just 10 lessons, I’m so proud that Ethan and Hannah can now float and move in the water. They are no longer afraid of putting their heads underwater and have gained water confidence in leaps and bounds. Both kids are learning their forward crawl, and also a little bit of backstroke.
With a little bit more practice, we should be able to add the breathing part of the crawl.
The kids really look forward to each coaching session, and don’t even mind the slight drizzle during some lessons. It helps that the coach was super cool with kids and he was able to tailor each lesson to each kid as he deemed fit. For instance, Hannah was initially more comfortable on her back, whereas Ethan was more confident on his front. So Hannah started learning the backstroke kick first while Ethan did the forward crawl.
We would have loved to continue with the coaching sessions under this swim coach, but our schedule currently does not permit. Perhaps when the next holidays come around, we’ll arrange something.
Meanwhile, I hope to take the kids swimming at least once a week or once a fortnight at least, just to ensure they keep practising.