We're revisiting the swim classes, again this winter. We did them last year, when Coen was 6 months old and it was a hit, but unfortunately, the class itself was a joke. We basically swam around with Coen in our arms and from time to time let him play with a plastic toy that the "teacher" threw into the pool for the kids to grab or "swim" toward. Since he's a bit older, I thought we'd just go again, to see how it would work this time.
I had been thinking about doing them since it's fun to have an activity to do that isn't' outside, but it became more apparent to me that this was much more necessary when he started to freak out a bit about the water in the bath. He'll sit and splash until his heart is content, but he is becoming less and less of a fan of the water getting in his face or eyes or nose or mouth. I realize that no one likes this, but when you have a head full of soapy shampoo, you have no other option than to get a little soap or water on your face in order to wash out the soap.
Last night, I was trying to rinse him off and he just wasn't have it. I thought that he might prefer to lay down to rinse out the soap... WRONG. You would've thought that I was hurting him by the way he reacted and unfortunately the way he whipped himself up from laying down created a whole new level of soap and water in the eyes that he really just wasn't having it.
So, today. I signed up for swim lessons and we start in two weeks. I'm not 100% comfortable about getting into a swim suit, but it's not about me. It's about Coen getting comfortable in the water.
Now, they don't teach self-rescue techniques until age 3, but the idea of him getting used to the whole idea of "swimming" will be easier if we start now. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also a little nervous too. I hope he enjoys it as much as he did the first time around. We'll see.
Wish us luck!