Charlotte Learns to Swim: Part 1
Summer is quickly approaching (yay!) and we have big plans to spend a lot of time in the water. For the past few years, we haven’t had easy access to a pool, so Charlotte hasn’t had a lot of exposure to water or swimming. Honestly, I’ve felt a combination of nervousness and guilt about this and knew I needed to get her into swim lessons ASAP so she wouldn’t be behind in this crucial life skill.
We are living back in the suburbs now, and our neighborhood has a pool. My parents also just had a pool built with an awesome waterslide at their ranch in East Texas and I’m hoping for hours of fun in the pool with the cousins this summer. It will definitely be a lot more fun if I have at least one kid who can swim.
Today, Charlotte had her first swim lesson at SafeSplash Swim School, at the Katy location. It’s only about 15 minutes from our house (excellent for this so-tired-of-driving-an-hour-to-get-anywhere mom). They have locations all across the country, so check their website to see if there’s one near you if you are looking for a place to take your kids for lessons.
There was a little mix up in the schedule/registration process and Charlotte wasn’t on the roster, but the staff was SO nice and accommodating and fit her right in. Her teacher, Ms Amanda, chatted Charlotte up right away and won her over with her mutual love of Ariel (Charlotte said she was her favorite princess, and of course that was the correct answer because she’s the one who swims). Amanda helped Charlotte put her Frozen goggles on, which are ON POINT, amiright?
I really didn’t know if Charlotte would willingly go in the water, but she wasn’t timid or reluctant at all. She did everything Amanda asked her to and learned how to kick, blow bubbles, and safely exit the pool. She loved the kickboard and playing with the little water toys. The lesson lasted 30 minutes and Charlotte did not want to leave and asked me in the car when she gets to go back. I’d say this was a huge success for a first swim lesson!
I was so impressed with the staff and the facility (this location is inside LA Fitness so we had access to their locker room to change). It was a great way to end a busy day and I’m really looking forward to watching her progress!