June 28, 2010
nelly are these two blooming!!
Raegan passed level three last session but we learned who the level three teacher this time would be and he's just so fantastic with her that we kept her there... but she will definitely be moving up to level four next session. She can swim confidently by herself for as long as she can hold her breath, so a push out from the wall will end her a good 15+ feet out. She can't quite dog-paddle by herself so still needs to be caught when she gets to the end of her breath ( as that transition to new breath and keep swimming isn't there yet) but she's definitely ready for a more challenging level. SO proud of her!
Kael is in level two, and while his instructors tell me he's ready to move up, I'm going to keep him there. He's got the skills but not the appropriate confidence level, IMO, to move up a level. Kid is just a little too cocky for the extra skills learned one level up. He's already scared the crap out of his mama ( and his teachers and the lifeguard) by pushing off of the wall.. when there was no one ready to catch him. Yah, heart attack right there, big panic from everyone watching ( although no panic from the teachers... because they didn't NOTICE HIM till his mama started screaming repeatedly at them from her perch on the wall as she prepared to jump in after him. Yah, someone was fired. ) Ahem. Anyway. He's floating on his back for 3 seconds on his own, is nearly doing the same floating face down, and.......... well he's working on the kicking part. He's kicking! Frantically kicking! But it's this very inefficient-super-speed-up-and-down sprint with his legs rather then a move-you-forward kind of paddle with his legs. I am so glad that they get to do this through the summer, it's great exercise and they are learning so much! And perfect timing.. in two weeks we leave for our big water park vacation!