Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm Waaaaaaay Behind! And Swimming!

I was doing so good at the beginning of the year keeping up on this blog, but then I fell behind because I'm not so good at posting videos on here (I usually have Christopher do it for me).  Then because the time lapsed this just fell to the wayside.  I hope to keep up on this more!

Anderson on his last day of class with the instructors

Nathan jumping off the diving board

We decided to try the boys out with some new swim lessons this year and we heard about the program called The Water Whisperer that we thought that we would try out.  I was originally only going to put Nathan in the classes, but I decided that we would give Anderson some lessons too.  It turns out that Anderson is the chillest baby ever when put in the water.  I think that it also helped that the water felt like a bathtub and was so relaxing!  We were doing the teacher training lessons, so all of the new swim instructors were learning how to teach this method with our kids (plus more that signed-up).  Anderson did awesome and never cried!  There were a lot of other kids that did cry.  He even fell asleep once while in the pool.  The instructors said that they wished all kids were as good as him in the pool.

Nathan was being Mr. Shy Guy, but he was still winning the instructors over.  It was a little frustrating for me because I knew that he could swim from his previous lessons, but because he was being shy he wasn't doing moves in the pool that I knew that he could.  The lessons are two weeks (M-F) for 20 minutes a day and it wasn't until the second week where he opened up and started really swimming.  By the end of the two week lessons I wasn't feeling good that he could swim by himself.  We were working on him taking breaths, but he just didn't get it.  I decided to enroll him in another set of 10 classes to further his swimming and that really helped!  By the end he was jumping off of the diving board and swimming to the side of the pool to get out.  He was diving for toys, with a little assistance from the instructors, he was swimming taking some breaths (we are still working on this at home), and he was floating on his back and doing some swimming on his back!  It was great to see this and I know that this summer is going to be a lot of fun with him in our pool (he's already doing so well with the little swimming that we've done so far).

If you would like to know prices and what my thoughts were on this program send me a message!

Here are some videos:

Nathan swimming backwards 

Nathan diving for some pool toys

Nathan swimming across the pool on his own!

That is it for this post!  I have to say that the way Blogger is set-up now is so much more user friendly then what it used to be!