Being a proud HonieMummy seems to be the order of the day today as K’Boo came home to show HonieDaddy her certificate for her achievements in swimming.
K’Boo was born in water and she has always shown a liking for it, finding all the puddles to jump in (it’s a Peppa Pig thing) and coming home frequently from nursery/pre-school in a different set of clothes due to getting soaked in the water tray or any other water activity she can find.
We’ve been going to my ‘not so’ local gym for a year now, where for some of the time we have been splashing about having fun in the children’s pool. Throughout this time, she always wanted to get in the ‘big pool’ with her older sister (H’Boo) wearing her arm bands. She didn’t seemed phased by the depth of the water and just loved making as much of a splash, kicking her legs and trying to swim.
And so …….
She only started lessons mid-January (just before her 4th birthday) and has lessons once a week for half an hour at a time. She really likes her teacher Sarah and can’t wait to go each week. Part of her bedtime routine the night before is knowing what she’s doing in the morning – needing to get ‘lots of energy’ for her swimming lesson and get to sleep quickly, makes bedtime an easy task.
The teacher at our pool/gym uses the Duckling Awards to help the children progress from Levels 1 to 5 showing awareness and competence in the water. The they will progress onto other ASA Kellogg’s awards relevant to their skills.
While HonieMummy has progressed with her lengths (another blog/another day) K’Boo has been having a great time at the other side of the pool amongst shark fins, dongles, floats – singing and racing up and down the pool and has gradually progressed to show her teacher that she is competent enough to achieve a Level 5 Duckling Award (sponsored by Kelloggs & Speedo).
Level 5 means that she can ……
Show the sequence:
- jump in the water, turn around, swim back to the point of entry and hold the rail or side.
- Submerge completely and blow bubbles under the water
- Push and glide achieving a distance of 2 metres on the front or back
- Float on the front or back and regain standing/vertical position
- Swim 5 metres on the front or back using an over water arm recovery
- Exit safely showing correct use of the ladder (or steps if no ladder available).
I love watching her swimming with the other kids in her lessons from where I’m swimming – she looks across and waves at me and cheers “I win, I win” every time she reaches the top of the pool (wearing a shark fin). I love the methods the teacher uses and the children always respond to her. Today, she wanted to show off her new ‘Doodle’ pumps to her! Or as she calls them Princess ballet shoes 🙂
If you have pre-school kid(s) and they aren’t learning to swim yet, I wholeheartedly recommend that you get them booked in somewhere. It’s much easier learning to swim when they are young and it’s essential that kids learn to swim for their own safety! Then, they will be able to have a great time when they are in the water. It’s like riding a bike – you never forget!