I taught swim lessons and coached swim team every year between the time I was 15 till I was 20. It was such a fun part of my life. At the time, I swore I would never be one of those parents that had a 6 year old that couldn't swim. I didn't understand it at all. How could you just not teach your kids how to swim?! It didn't make any sense to me. Well, here I am. I have a 6 year old who doesn't know how to swim. Not only does she not know how to swim, but if water gets on her face... forget it. Last year I put her in swim lessons and it made her not freak out so much about water on her face, but she still didn't swim. Every time I was at the pool I would try and focus on getting Macy to swim that I didn't teach the other two how to either. So here we are- a 6 yr old, 4 yr old, a 2 yr old and not a single swimmer. I swore this was the year- the kids WERE going to learn to swim. We put them all in swim lessons and I was surprised at how well they did! I fully expected that none of my children will ever swim- but Macy is actually swimming! With her face in the water and everything! The other two are on their way, but Macy by far has made the most progress. Yay!
I don't remember the name of Macy's teacher, but she was great. London had one of the students in Kyle's choir named Levi and Bentley had pretty much his favorite person in the world, Jedi. Jedi is the son of his nursery leader and has been his little buddy ever since. Bentley pretty much runs the show where ever he goes and not knowing how to swim didn't stop him at all from wanting to go off the diving board. The lifeguard in me kept saying this is a really bad idea, but if that was the way to go in order to get his face wet I was okay with it. Jedi jumped off the board with Bentley the first time and then Bentley wanted to go by himself, but that didn't really work out. He turned around instead.
I know I need to keep working on getting them more comfortable in the water. With the pool only being open 2 months out of the year it's a struggle, but hopefully by next year they will all be little swimmers.