Last Thursday 22nd April, Samuel had his first ever swimming lesson. He was just shy of 7 months.
I started Thomas when he was about 6 months but had to get in with him. Anyone who takes a baby swimming and then has to stand there freezing and dripping while they first change the baby into dry clothes will know what a drama this is! When Daniel arrived, he was so close in age to Thomas that I couldn't possibly take them both for a swimming lesson in which I had to get in with both of them. So we kind of stopped for a while.
Then when Daniel was just over 1 year old I found someone to give them private lessons! Not only is she wonderful and patient (and believe me, this is a definite requirement of the job with my boys) but there is the added bonus of me not having to get in the water! Yay!
Some people think I'm silly for starting Samuel so early but I'm not a strong swimmer myself and wish I myself had started swimming lessons at a younger age. I also worry about the boys falling into pools, dams, ponds, creeks etc. Being adventurous little souls, you just never know where they may end up! If they have some basic survival skills under their wings, they'll at least stand a chance if any of the above scenarios occur.
Samuel's first lesson was only a short 10 minute introduction to the water but I was so proud of him!
Here he is with the wonderful Karene. He didn't particularly like back floating
and shed some tears after a few minutes...