it's official. Our children are fish.
The kids did awesome in their swimming lessons this year. Both Conner and Payton moved up a level. And Anna is doing great with her beginner arm strokes and back floats.
Here are some photos from the last day of swimming lessons:
Payton -- So proud of this kid. He worked really hard in swimming lessons to improve his arm strokes and floats. He set a goal for himself to take the swim test on the last day of summer. At our city pool you have to pass a swim test (one lap arm stroke, one lap elementary backstroke across the width of the pool -- no stopping, no touching the bottom) in order to swim in the big lap pool. This big pool also holds the brand new giant, twisty water slide which he has watched Conner enjoy all summer. So after swimming lessons on friday, we went back to the pool in the afternoon for one last swim. Payton headed straight to the swim test line and was raring to go. Conner and I watched with baited breath . . . excited/nervous for him. But mostly so proud that he made the decision to do this all on his own.
Oh, and during the test you can't wear goggles. Which is huge for Payton. Remember how sensitive his eyes are to the sun? Same goes for the water.
He closed his eyes tight, took a deep breath and pushed off from the edge. Stroke, stroke, stroke, breath . . stroke, stroke, stroke, breath . . . and pretty soon he had reached the end! Then he put his skills to use and did his very best elementary backstroke, even bumping into and re-routing around kids who got in his way, and finally made it to the finish by the lifeguard chair. Woo-hoo Payton! He actually made it without stopping on his very first try.
But . . . as I suspected (and what was the best decision for everyone) the lifeguard didn't pass him. He made it back and forth, but he still needs to work on becoming a stronger swimmer. His little body was exhausted at the end of that test, and I know that I would not feel comfortable sending him into the big pool.
Conner and I congratulated him on a great job and tried to lift his spirits with lots of encouragement. A little disappointed and a lot tired, he spent the rest of his time swimming in the small pool and had a great time. I think it was great for him to see that he could do it, but also to realize that it takes some work to build up the stamina to safely swim in deeper waters.
Like I said, I was so so proud of him that he set a goal and with drive & desire he did his very best to follow through. Super champ!
Anna - As I've mentioned before, this girl's biggest achievement this summer was ditching the water wings. She doesn't have free reign in the pool, but when we are there she spends half of her time underwater diving for rings, watching her brothers do silly tricks, and swimming like a mermaid.
Conner - Last summer Conner was in the level 4 class. When we went to sign up this summer they told us that they have changed the numbering of the classes and a 4 was now a 3 1/2. Conner was not happy. He was really proud of his level 4 rank and had worked really hard to earn that. For this over-achieving boy, being bumped down to 3 1/2 was a major bummer.
But . . . it was all good. He had a fantastic teacher -- Rachel, one of our favorite young women from church (we have quite a few favorites). She helped fine-tune his strokes to where they are strong, smooth, and precise. It is so much fun to watch him glide through the water.
This session he finally figured out the diving thing, from a standing position. And he has got all the strokes down. It is high on my list to track down a swim team or club when we get to Vegas and sign him up. He is a swimmer.
Oh, and he easily passed all the requirements to re-enter level 4. :)
I've said this on facebook and I'll say it again . . . . it makes this California girl (and former swim team member) so happy to see my kids love and thrive in the water.