What’s in a Name

June 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

Lil D used to have a major fear of swimming.  My parents have a pool in their backyard.  Lil D would play around the pool rather than in it. 

We tried several rounds of group swimming lessons.  I could see the frustration on the instructors face as he gripped her neck with all his might when she would try to put him in the water. 

After a long discussion with my friends, it was clear that private lessons were the way to go. 

We started May 1.  Lil D was happy as a clam in the water with Kim, right from Day 1.   He ran after balls in the pool, put his face in the water to pick up rings off the bottom, and even swam with a noodle on his own – all in the first lesson. 

We just finished the nine weeks and the progress has been fantastic. 

So, besides having one on one attention and progressing at his own pace, what was different?  Simple.  We called it “Water Games” rather than “Swimming Lessons”.  After the first few classes I would sometimes catch myself calling it “swimming”, but Lil D never stopped calling it “Water Games”.

This week we start a weekly group swimming lesson.  It happens to be at a pool where he has attended (and loved) camp, so in a moment of inspiration this morning, I decided, this session of summer group lessons will be called “Swim Camp”. 

Wish me luck.


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  • 1. Finola  |  July 1, 2010 at 1:37 am

    We had a very similar thing happen with my now 8yo daughter. She was miserable in two different rounds of swimming lessons and we couldn’t even complete the sessions. We took a break for a couple of years and then slowly started her back. Last summer when she was 7 she couldn’t swim at all, but when we were on our summer vacation, we convinced her that her wet suit had some buoyancy which would make her float more. She started that week paddling a bit and progressed quickly. Next step was a semi-private lesson at a new pool with her sister in the class with her, and with goggles (which helped so much!). We emphasized to the teacher that all we wanted her to get out of the class was to be comfortable in the water and to have fun in her lessons. It totally worked and she just passed Swimmer 2 on her first try last week, after not swimming at all less than a year ago. When they’re ready, they’re ready!
    Good luck!!

    • 2. fitforakid  |  July 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm

      The first group lesson went great. He said so himself. You’re right. When they’re ready, they’re ready.


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