I am keen to see my children feeling confident in the water. Swimming is a vital skill that can save your life or those of other people.
Swimming is also about the only sport I hit the dizzy heights of average in. Another reason to make sure my children can swim when two out of three have the same sporting prowess as myself ie zero.
I took lessons at the local pool with school. However, I actually began swimming in Malta when I was about 4 years old. There are lovely photos of my being held up by my Mum and then my Dad with my little orange armbands. They are really lovely images that remind me that once life was simple and you felt safe and loved.
My eldest son learned to swim with school at a pool that has now closed due to Government cuts.
My other two go to lessons on Saturday morning. They support each other. My son took to it very quickly and was told to dispense with the armbands by the instructor. He enjoys backstroke and splashing about. My daughter seems to prefer breaststroke and takes it all very seriously. She likes working to targets but is also clearly having fun.
This week, we all trooped off to see my eldest son perform in a swimming gala. Sadly, he got bumped and had to be substituted. However, he will get a second chance as his school made it through to the finals to take place in a few weeks time.
So fun in the water is going swimmingly in our family. When they install that underground tunnel to enter the pool, I’ll be there too.
I am linking this post up over at http://BritMums.com as it is my entry is for the BritMums Joy of Swimming Competition, sponsored by British Gas.
Originally posted 2012-05-05 20:20:07.