Ellie started swim lessons yesterday. She is in the 4-5 year olds so she is definitely one of the youngest, since she won't be 4 until April. Also, at 4, the mommies and daddies don't go in the water.
She was SOEXCITED!!! all day yesterday. It wasn't until about 4:00 and she mentioned all the fun water slides that I realized that she thought we were going "fun swimming." I had to explain that we were going to learn how to swim so we could have lots of fun "fun swimming" this summer and she would be safe.
She was still excited. Whew.
So we get there and the instructor had all the kids sit on the side and then slide into the water and hang onto the side. I was a little nervous. Every time we have been swimming I have held her and such in the pool. She held on for about 4 minutes and then started to cry. She was scared! Chris leaned over to me and said "maybe she isn't ready for this?"
But the instructor handled it great. She carried Ellie around for a little while using her do demonstrate what the class needed to do. Then she set her on the step. Ellie liked that much better.
By the end of the class, she had blown bubbles and made a few trips up and down the pool with the instructors kicking her little feet. Also she jumped off the side to an instructor and went completely under. I thought for sure she would cry but nope. She was surprised but proud. Afterwards, I went up to the instuctor and asked if we needed to move down a class and she said Ellie did great and that she was right where she needed to be.
The pics aren't great cause the lighting is awful, but you get the general idea.