One of the many changes the start of the new school year brought with it was a change to Amy’s swimming lessons. For the last two years Amy has been learning to swim with Puddle Ducks at a local DW Fitness centre. When we very first started her lessons as a “Kicker” she would swim on a Friday morning with Sarah but after the first term we swapped this to an earlier Monday morning lesson with Claire – mainly because Amy was starting Play Group and wouldn’t be able to make her Friday lesson anymore. Now that Amy is at school five mornings a week we’ve had to change her lessons again – and I’m not sure who was more gutted about that – us or Claire!
Amy has been a “Little Dipper” for about 18 months and has come on so far in that time. You might remember I wrote a post earlier this year about how Amy had made me cry during one swimming lesson as everything seemed to suddenly click – it was like she had realised that yes, yes she could do it after all! I worried at the time that it was a bit of a one off and that she wouldn’t do it again but lesson after lesson she relished in her new found independence, racing across the pool with her friend and messing about – no longer clinging to me for safety. Whilst swimming underwater still isn’t her favourite thing, she’s happy to do it now (on her own terms and wearing goggles I should add!) She makes Claire and I laugh as she will usually do one underwater swim and then decide she’s done enough and would rather swim on top. Every now and again she’ll have a little wobble, lose her balance on her woggles or accidentally put her face in the water when she didn’t mean to and it will make her a little nervous again but mostly she’s like a different child in the pool now.
One of the most significant changes for me in recent months is how much she loves to jump in off the float or even chooses to jump in off the side at the end of a lesson. She’s quite happy to leap into the water and make a huge splash as long as she knows I’m there to catch her. Each week I move a little further back or my hands are a little lower in the water and she loves it!
And so this half term, the start of our third year of swimming with Puddle Ducks, we’ve changed the time, the venue and even the teacher and I won’t deny being a bit worried about how Amy would take to that. She loves Claire. Claire absolutely understands Amy and knows how to get the best out of her each week. I know Amy loves “Garry’s Pool” (more commonly known as Aqua Nurture!) but I was worried that the change in routine might just knock her a bit. I couldn’t have been more wrong! She has settled right into her new lessons. They are a little busier than our old Monday morning class so it’s way nosier and splashier than we’re used to but she’s getting to grips with it and whilst she tells me all the time that she misses Claire, she’s quite happy to do what Lindsey asks of her.
Keep an eye out for our next update at half term because even bigger changes are afoot!
*Amy swims with Puddle Ducks free of charge for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions remain our own*