The end of our second term with Puddle Ducks

The Easter holidays brought with it the end of Amy second term of swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks.  Our two terms of Kickers lessons have been very difference despite them both being the same level so to speak.  Amy’s second term saw us remain at the same venue but change the day of her lesson along with the time and her teacher.  This was purely because it fitted more comfortably with the rest of our week however it seemed to have quite a dramatic affect on Amy’s attitude to her lesson.  She was more confident and more prepared to give things a try.

Amy has been something of a monkey over the course of the last few lessons – I’m not sure if she’s got a case of the “Water Wobbles” or if she’s just being a stubborn two year old, however she’s very clear on what she does and doesn’t want to do.  She certainly doesn’t want to go under the water and she doesn’t want to jump in (unless its during Jelly on the Plate and then she’s more than happy to wobble off the float – the cheek of her!)  As a result of this, Claire and I were keen that as she moves into Little Dippers after the holiday she should remain with the same teacher, at the same pool.  At this stage in her swimming development we both felt the continuity was important for her.  I completely trust that Puddle Ducks will get Amy through this phase and that eventually we’ll get her to the stage where she’s happy and confident in the water!

We had a lovely lesson at the start of March when Dave was able to take a day off and come swimming with us.  He hadn’t been swimming with Amy for ages so it was great for her to be able to show off all the new things she’s learned.  She loved having Daddy in the pool and it was great for me to able to watch from the sidelines and see her lesson from a different point of view.  I do think it’s important that we both try to take her swimming so that Dave knows what Amy is capable of and she knows that she can trust Daddy to do the right thing in the water. (And perhaps not take her for an unsignalled Seal Dive like he did this time!  He won’t be making that mistake again in a hurry!)

While we were away in Northumberland during the Easter holidays we were able to take the opportunity to swim as a family for the first time in ages.  Unfortunately Amy was not at all impressed and wouldn’t even swim on my back which is normally her favourite thing to do.  I’m hoping that her insistence on clinging to me like a limpet was more to do with the different surroundings than the start of a full blown case of Water Wobbles . . . we shall see when she starts her Little Dippers class with Claire next week.  I can’t wait to see how she copes with the changes that come with swimming in an older class – having had little tasters at the end of each term we know that there will be some new songs to learn and some new routines to follow!  I’ll be sure to update you soon!

*Amy is currently swimming with Puddle Ducks free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

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29 Comments

  1. April 19, 2016 / 7:48 am

    It looks like she is having so much fun with Daddy. Your post has reminded me that we really need to get Little Button water confident soon. Did Amy do any of the baby swim classes before joining the big girl ones? #TriedTested Annette,

  2. April 19, 2016 / 8:09 am

    It is wonderful to see water confidence a little ones, She is having so much fun with daddy. Puddle Ducks has clearly worked for you.

  3. April 19, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Love the look of joy on Amy's face when she's on her daddy's back. Hope that the water wobbles were just due to a different pool – glad to hear that she's been enjoying Puddle Ducks and hope that she continues to enjoy it moving up to the next level.

  4. April 19, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Aww! Bless her. It looks like she has been having a lot of fun!
    It sounds like she is doing so well x

  5. April 19, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Aww bless, she looks like she's having so much fun with Daddy. 🙂 #TriedandTested

  6. Natalie @KidGearUK
    April 19, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Aww she looks like she's enjoying herself. Hopefully being a bit nervous was just a different pool. I never liked jumping in or going underwater, still don't now, so I'm always impressed when kids are brave enough to try it. My eldest loves showing off what he's learnt in his swimming lessons. #TriedTested

  7. April 19, 2016 / 10:25 am

    her little face – looks so happy! Confidence in the water is so important x #triedtested

  8. April 19, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Aw Sienna would love Swimming lessons, it's something I really want to get her into! #triedtested

  9. mummydaddy mia
    April 19, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Aww I'm sure she will be fine, they tend to go through stages of being confident and then losing confidence a bit but I'm sure she will really enjoy it again! We loved Puddle Ducks! 🙂

    #TriedTested

  10. April 19, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    I'm a big fan of Puddle Ducks and would love to join again soon – we just need more hours in the day! #triedtested

  11. April 19, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Ahh we are huge puddleducks lovers here with both my kids taking lessons from them since they were 5 weeks old. Looks like she was having the time of her life with Daddy too! Lovely captures. Great review darling. #triedtested

  12. April 19, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Ahh lovely pics with Daddy! We spent a week in Devon where my youngest happily went in the pool every day. We got home and took the boys to the local swimming pool and he freaked out because it was so big and different. Luckily he got used to it after about 10 minutes! It most probably was being in different surroundings that did it. #TriedTested

  13. gina caro
    April 19, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Both of mine went through a period of not really wanting to swim, happy to report that they got over it though. Think they all do that at some point. #TriedTested

  14. April 19, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    One of my regrets has been not taking my three for swimming lessons ealier. My eldest learnt last year at school but my other two still can't swim. It looks like she's doing brilliantly. Sarah #TriedTested

  15. April 19, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Great that Daddy could see the difference himself!

  16. April 19, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Oh wow how exciting! My daughter has only just really started swimming lessons, shes five now, but she enjoys them 🙂 #triedtested

  17. April 19, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    It looks like she is having great fun. Hope she progresses well in the next class

  18. April 19, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Aww love her little face! I wish Olly loved swimming as much as Amy looks like she does. She's learning some invaluable life skills which is amazing xx

  19. April 19, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Aww she looks like she's enjoying it! I've got water wobbles and can't swim atm as I have a perforated ear drum 🙁 can't wait to get back into the water 🙂 #TriedTested xx

  20. April 19, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Aww bless she does look like she is enjoying it, although from what you say it seems that it isn't always so rosy… We want to go back doing swimming lessons again, we did baby swimming, but toddler swimming would be great to start doing too! #triedtested

  21. April 19, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Your daughter loves going to the baths from these pictures. Your daughter also looks like a natural water baby. 😉
    We are trying to get our daughter sorted out with swimming lessons. Learning to swim at a young age is a good thing.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

  22. Kiri S
    April 20, 2016 / 11:51 am

    She looks very happy and confident in the water!

  23. Sian - The Mama Story
    April 21, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I find that kids & swimming goes through these patches and all of a sudden they get into it again. I certainly remember having trying times with my eldest when she was 2 then when she moved up a class she was fine again, I think she needed the more difficult class to hold her attention again.
    It's lovely you have faith in the school though and I'm sure the continuity will be great for her confidence!
    #TriedTested

  24. April 24, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    We did puddleducks and I absolutely loved it. I really like their teaching methods
    #triedtested

  25. April 24, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I haven't heard of puddleducks before but they sounds great. I need to get my eldest daughter in some swimming lessons this summer. She was scared to go underwater but after spending some time at an easter camp where they were having some swimming lessons she managed to learn how to go under water. She was so proud and now she is keen to keep doing more and more. I'll check it our their website. Thanks for hosting, #triedtested

  26. Victoria MyLittleLBlog
    April 25, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    aww, maybe as Amy gets older and older she will adapt to changes quickly, I'm still not brave enough to take L to swimming

  27. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    April 26, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    It looks like lots of fun, I really need to have a look around and see if I can't get Boo booked in to some swimming lessons – it's a skill she really needs

  28. Hannah - Budding Smiles
    April 30, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Aw her happy little face when she's swimming with her daddy! Toby can be a bit hit or miss in the pool, then a few weeks ago he was completely amazing and typically, I had to stop taking him for fear of going into labour in the pool and now it's been nearly a month since he's been xx

  29. January 24, 2017 / 10:04 am

    I did baby swimming classes with Bethany and she was terrified the whole time, clung to me and cried. At 4 years we paid for 1 to 1 teaching for her and she did amazingly, now at 8 she is a little fishy! #triedtested

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