Wednesday, July 29

WFMW - Swim Lessons

This summer marks a turning point for Froggy. She is now swimming totally on her own. She swam all the way across the pool ( a standard pool width not an Olympic size pool or anything) totally unassisted without touching. She was very proud of herself.

How did we get here? We started swim lessons when she was very young and go swimming as a family on a regular basis showing her that her parents swim and value swimming. While we tried a few different sources for swim classes, we settled on SwimKids because of the quality of training the instructors receive as well as the consistency of the program between coaches.

Learning to swim is an important life skill I believe all people should master. it is one of the few life skills Jewish parents are required to provide according to Biblical guidelines. Not everyone needs to be able to swim competitively but everyone should be able to be safe in the water. Could you or your child get yourself to the side if you fell into water deeper than you could stand? If the answer is yes then that is good enough in my oh so humble opinion.

In addition to teaching how to be safe in the water, good swimming instruction includes how to safely enter the water, ie how to judge when it is ok to jump in and when it is ok to dive. It also includes clear guidelines as to when it is safe to swim, (get out at the first sound of thunder, never swim alone, etc)

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1 comment:

  1. I love how you started swim lessons when Froggy was very young and "go swimming as a family on a regular basis showing her that her parents swim and value swimming". You are right - learning to swim IS an important life skill that all people should master. Swim lessons teach kids not only how to be safe in the water but also how to fall in love with the sport for life. I think it's great that you are sharing this valuable information with everyone. Thanks!

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