This last week Mikey had his first two sessions of swim lessons and it was a blast. I got to be in the pool with him during the second lesson and I had a lot of fun. I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to it but I am very glad I did it. Newb Mom and I wanted to start him early for a couple reasons.
We have at least a couple family members who have pools and I want to make sure that our little guy is as safe as possible around water. I want to know that if he trips and falls into the pool that he will at least be able to get himself to the edge and hold on until someone can get there. I don’t plan on leaving him alone next to a pool but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
While safety is definitely my primary concern, confidence is high up on the list. I want to make sure to expose Mikey to water early and often so he doesn’t develop a fear for it. I have seen far too many kids who developed a fear of water and would flip out when told they were going swimming. Even during his first lesson there was a boy, who must have been about three or four years old, who wouldn’t even go in the water while his father was holding him. While I feel for him and his parents, I want to make sure I do everything possible to ensure Mikey doesn’t have that problem.
Swimming is damn fun! Growing up I loved going swimming. I wasn’t on the swim team or anything, but I was in the water a lot during the summer. I want Mikey to experience the joy of summers by the pool and splash fights with his friends. I want him to enjoy going swimming in a lake or going out on a boat with his grandpa. It is a great way to enjoy the summer, and in California summers swimming is almost mandatory.
I listed three great reasons above why I want Mikey to take swim lessons early. The truth is, I didn’t discover one of the most compelling reasons until after I spent those 30 minutes in the pool with him last Thursday. Watching him learn was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The first time we went under water together and came back up he had a look of surprise on his face. That look quickly turned to realization and then pure joy. He learned that going under water was fun. He also learned how to jump off the side of the pool, and how to kick his legs in the water. A swimming lesson with my son was the most fun I have ever had in the water and I am looking forward to more.