How’s Emily doing with swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School after 3 months? Read on to find out what she’s up to!
Well, Emily’s been taking swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School for 3 months now! 1. Where has the time gone?!? 2. I feel like it’s a good time to give everyone an update about what Emily’s been up to and how she’s doing!
First up, how’s she doing with leaving mama? As I mentioned in my post about Emily’s first class, she has a bit of hesitancy in leaving me at times. While she had a good run of getting right into the water without tears after her first class, the hesitance continues at times. Although I have to say, the teachers handle this like champs!
On the occasions Emily’s extra fussy when I leave, another teacher jump right into the water to assist with class. This allows her teacher, Mr. Stuart, to work with Emily 1:1 until she calms down, without disrupting class for the other two students. After a few minutes, Emily generally calms down enough that she can resume with the other children for their lesson.
Now onto what she’s learning! I love how so much of her lesson at this age focuses on water safety. As shown above, Emily has been working on learning to float on her back. Should she fall into the water and not be near a ledge, she will know how to safely float until help comes. Another safety skill she’s been working on is hanging on the ledge of the pool and moving her hands one by one along the ledge until she reaches shallow waters.
I know this skill is really sticking with her because I’ve caught her practicing at home in her crib! Also, the other day while playing with her baby doll, she had her baby practice this same skill along the edge of her changing table. Now, I can’t say for sure if she’d know do it if she actually fell into the water, but I at least know that what she does in the pool is sticking with her. I think when she’s a little bit older she’ll be able to connect the idea of doing this skill in the water, should she need to.
Another area they’re working on is being more comfortable in the water in general. Before taking lessons Emily hated having water in her face. Trying to wash her hair at bath time was one of her least favorite things. If she got even the slightest bit of water in her eyes she’d get very upset. I have to say this is a complete non-issue now after three months of swim lessons at Goldfish – hooray!
As you can imagine, most little children love splashing in the water and this goes for all three children in her class. Since she refuses to wear her swim goggles, she gets quite a bit of water in her eyes. Although still not her favorite thing, she just wipes it away with her hands and moves on. This goes the same for bath time now. No longer do I have to stop and wipe her eyes. She does it herself and moves on. For that, I have to say a big “Thank You” to Goldfish!
As you can see, Emily’s been learning lots in her short time at Goldfish Swim School. I’m surprised and impressed at how quickly she is picking up the skills and then showing me how she uses them at home! I’d be happy enough with them knowing that she’s just having fun at her lesson each week, but to see her apply what she’s learned as well is just icing on the cake!
Do your children take swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School? If so, I’d love to hear about what they’re learning right now!
Disclaimer: We have received swim lessons in exchange for sharing our experience with Goldfish Swim School. As always, all opinions are my own.