Michael had his first swimming lesson on Monday. He is taking a 2 week class at a local college. It is Monday-Thursday from 5:50pm-6:30pm.
This is a child who is not crazy about the water at all. He will get in the "small" pool at our neighborhood pool but won't go into the "big" one without major coaxing. I was hoping that the swimming lessons would help with his fear/dislike of the water. At the very least, I hoped that he wouldn't scream like a maniac every time he goes into the big pool.
We got to the lesson a few minutes early and were waiting outside with other kids in his group, the Tadpoles. He seemed to be OK but once the teacher came out and we started walking toward the pool, he didn't want to go in at all. The supervisor came over and told me that he would be fine and I could watch up in the stands. I walked away and they eventually got Michael into the water. He did cry for about 10 minutes but managed to get into the water several times, although he held on to the teacher for dear life!
Tuesday night was a bit better and he only put up a bit of a fight before heading into the pool. I think that watching other kids get in and swim helped him a little bit. And knowing what to expect goes a long way with him, as it does for most 3 year olds.
Here's to hoping that he becomes a little more relaxed in the water so I don't have to worry so much!