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Giving my kids the gift of swimming, one summer at a time

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 10:15pm

Today we wrapped up my children's two weeks of swim lessons for the summer, and I am as pleased as can be. For my two older kids, ages 7 and 9, this is their third year of lessons with a wonderful instructor named Ginny Knorr. They have enjoyed working on the butterfly and breaststroke as well as basic diving.

But the title of Most Improved this summer goes to my 4-year-old who went from wearing arm floaties and barely blowing bubbles to full-face-in-the-water front swimming and a bit of back swimming. He is definitely on his way to bigger things.

I realize at this point he is quite dangerous as he needs to keep practicing his new skills. He's at that treacherous place of thinking he knows how to swim (which he basically does) while still being likely to forget to actually swim if he gets in over his head. Now we must be extra vigilant about monitoring him in the pool, but before I know it he'll be working on his breast stroke like the other kids (granted, in a couple years probably).

As I watched my children today at the pool, I was just so happy that I gave them this gift of swimming. I am an awkward swimmer myself, really not crazy about sticking my face in the water, which is why I was determined to have my kids learn to swim. It truly is a gift for a lifetime, especially around here with all the water opportunities. Being a good swimmer gives kids not only potential lifesaving skills, but also a sense of self-confidence and competence.

The start of a new school year may be just around the corner, but it's not too late to sign your child up for swim lessons if needed. It is a great gift and an investment in their lives.

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