The boys started swimming lessons this week. This is a first for Cody. Caleb had Mom and Tot when he was a toddler, but it was mainly just getting them used to the water, putting your face under, and blowing bubbles. Last year Caleb had indoor swim lessons at an athletic club. He did OK, but I didn't notice great improvement.
Check out little man. Cody is a fish in the water! I didn't know how well he could swim or how long he could hold his breath! We have swam either in our 2 foot kiddy pool or used a life jacket on him when in a bigger pool all summer. The first day of lessons, he got in the water and took off swimming underwater about 4 or 5 feet. All of the other moms and kids in the 3 year old group were amazed, as well as myself. They were asking why he was in swimming lessons and how did he learn to swim so well. They looked at me like I was an idiot when I said I didn't know he could do that. When he is out in the backyard in our little pool, I knew he could go underwater, because he dives for the diving rings just like Caleb. He thinks he can do everything Caleb does, so when Caleb dives under, he does too. When Caleb swims to the other side of the pool, he does too. But he can put his feet down as he is doing it, so I didn't know he could swim like a little tadpole! In the swim class, he holds his breath underwater so long, that I almost reach under to pull him back up. But he pops up and isn't sputtering or anything. The 3 year old class is introduction to the water, so all the other 3 year olds are learning how to put their heads underwater and blow bubbles. Which most of them balk about doing. They don't begin structured swim lessons until 5 years old. Maybe they will make an exception for him next summer. At the end of class, the instructor asked us to try to have the kids jump from the side of the pool into the water. Cody of course jumped totally under, then swam up to me- telling me to scoot further away. Then he started diving in head first and would swim down to the four to five foot bottom to try to touch it before swimming back up to me! The end of the week, we finally have begun working on swimming back to the ledge above water. He is also working on floating on his back. I think we have found his calling!