A few months back, we started lessons at a new facility to see if the small environment and one on one instruction would help Owen be a bit more focused and learn to progress a little more with his skills. While Owen did move ahead with some skills, he has hit a bit of a plateau again and we are going to take a little break. The facility was really nice, clean, with friendly instructors, but our biggest problem was the constant change of instructors. Just when Owen would get really comfortable with someone, they would leave and we would have a new person for him to get to used to all over again. I understand that happens, but the #1 reason we came to Aqua Tots was to have some instructor stability and that didn't happen with 6 instructors in 5 months.
I will say that those he got along with really helped move forward with his swimming goals which of course is to be an independent swimmer. He can float on his back with no assistance. He is swimming on his own for about 5 feet and he has really refined his jump into the pool which is an actual jump, rather than a belly flop. He learned breath control and was starting to go under (with assistance) to grab a toy or a ring. We will keep playing in the pool during our break and let him work on those skills some more. When we are ready for more lessons, we are going to put Owen in a typical 4:1 class at the YMCA. It is clear that he likes being with his peers and he does learn from them, so I'm just going sign him up and let it ride!
|Happy to jump in|
|Floating like a boss!|
|Working on swimming on my back|