Monkey has now reached the age of 3 and a half. The age at which he can start his swimming lessons at our local swimming pool.
I have concerns about him starting, but desperately want him to learn too.
One of my biggest concerns is that he is still so small, that even in the toddler pool I think he will struggle to touch the bottom, but none the less, I booked him and Beanie in for a 1-1 lesson this week.
Beanie is a confident swimmer, a badge fanatic and swims to achieve the next badge up. He had wanted to swim his 1000m so we booked two lessons one after the other, so Monkey could have his half an hour whilst Beanie started on his 40 lengths, and then the coach could assist Beanie for the last half an hour.
Monkey had done a full day at nursery, and was shattered. He had napped for about 45 minutes before his lesson and wasn't really with it at the start. Lesson 1, when I put him in for proper lessons it can't be on a nursery day!
He was wearing a pair of Beanie's old trunks, aged 12-18 months, but they were huge and he had to hang onto them. Lesson 2, new trunks 9-12 months in size!
He cried when he entered the water. I am hoping it was the shock of the cold. I stayed with him on pool side for about five minutes, in which time the confidence and the smile grew. I left him and went to count lengths!
Monkey enjoyed it a lot. He splashed and squirted his teacher with the toys but didn't do a lot of 'swimming' as there was a huge kids group in the pool that were splashing a lot. The teacher and him remained in a small section of the toddler pool, simply playing. When he came out at the end he was, cold and told me that the big children had splashed him. "Did you mind?" I asked him, "No!" was the reply. I asked him if he had enjoyed it and whether he would like to go again. He nodded, too cold to talk!
I dressed Monkey and then returned to the cafe, where Granny and Grandad had patiently been counting lengths.
Half an hour in and Beanie was only on 18, it was going to take longer than expected. The teacher joined him and he started to speed up (a bit!). At the end of the general swim he was on 34, they let him continue into the adult lesson sessions, so that he could complete it.
40 lengths, 1000m, one very tired, but thrilled little Beanie!
Excited to get his certificate and badge, the only negative is that they are both bright pink ("That's a girl colour!!") though he did take them into school to be given them in assembly.