Sunsational Swim School Provided us for three hour-long lessons in return for a review… and hopefully getting Red to swim!
I grew up going to the pool at least 4 days a week during the summer. It may have been a short season those 7 chilly years in New Jersey, but my Mom always packed up the same pool bags and we walked down to the little clubhouse and swam like fishes until she roped us out and back home. I learned how to dive, to deftly pitch a nerf ball, and even lost of my first opal earring in the shallow end (and learned never to wear good earrings swimming!). As Red has come to the age where swimming is a necessary and technique is a learned skill (I think that infant rescue swimming lessons are awesome, too!), he needs a little help. Chase has done his best to get Red acquainted with the water, holding his breath, choo-chooing along the edge, submerging and popping up, but we can’t quite get him to tread water, or take a breath while going forward. This has left him resting on the deck chairs every so often to catch his breath and let me tend to Scarlett and other matters instead of letting him paddle around in the shallow end attended.
So since we weren’t fully successful in getting him to learn to swim, what to do? The nearest aquatic center was merely with the gym, and swimming lessons from a private instructor (with no other kids at the same level) were hard for me to find. Plus, we have a pool in our neighborhood… So, we found a way to have swimming lessons at home. The Sunsational Swim School offered us a few lessons for Red to learn to swim with a private coach who would evaluate his level, customize some activities and hopefully, get him a little further to self-sufficient swimming.
Our first lesson was filled with “tests” to see what Red knew, and to check his skills. Our swim teacher, Coach Laila, arrived at our neighborhood pool ready to go, with a few swimming toys (a reward for good listening during the lesson) as well as a boogie board to help practice kicks. All we needed was our towel and Red’s favorite pair of goggles. Coach Laila was very patient with Red, and even picked up on a few parenting skills I use when I was introducing them and asking Red to use his “listening ears” during the lesson.
Sunsational Swim School gave us three hour-long lessons, to pack the sessions into a shorter period of time, but by the end of the first lesson Red was exhausted. I know he would have had a better attention span with their 30 minute option followed by a snack break and maybe a play session with Chase and I in the pool to practice his new skills and release his tension. I hope that after our second and third lessons Red is swimming like a fish! After all, he has NO fear of the water….