Ellie floating and swimming [VIDEO]

Ellie has just completed her 6 weeks of swimming lessons for this season, following on from her first year’s lessons.

Whereas last year Ellie learned to float and call out if she fell in the water, this year she added swimming into the mix, so she swims for a few seconds and then pauses to float on her back and catch her breath before proceeding with swimming. She’s really mastered it now, can swim about half the length of the pool and just keeps getting better. Most importantly, she’s actually enjoying it now that she’s accomplishing something. Continue reading “Ellie floating and swimming [VIDEO]”

When the timer goes off! [VIDEO]

This one falls into the category of “things that you laugh at that you shouldn’t laugh at”.

Ellie started up her swimming lessons again this week (after her first round last summer). While she was effectively learning how not to drown last year, this year the plan is to get some movement going. She loves the water and she enjoys going in the pool at home, but she is not a fan of going to swimming lessons. She cries at the sight of her swimming costume and generally cries throughout the whole lesson.

In an effort to calm Ellie down on her first day, Miss T told Ellie that she would be finished when the timer goes off (as each lesson is just 10 minutes long), encouraging her that it wouldn’t be long until it was over. However, this snowballed out of control and now after every dunk beneath the water, she comes up crying and yelling “When the timer goes off!”. Every time. Without fail. I think she’s the only one that doesn’t see the funny side (yet). Continue reading “When the timer goes off! [VIDEO]”

Swimming lessons

Yesterday, Ellie started swimming lessons, although it’s not so much swimming lessons, as teaching her to be comfortable in the water and how to not drown if she falls in.

The program is called Infant Swim Resource and we highly recommend it for the way they introduce children to the water and for the emphasis they put on survival of aquatic accidents.

Clearly, it’s all new to Ellie and she’ll take a few days to get used to being dipped under the water, but at least she looks adorable in her dressing gown after her lessons.