H started swimming lessons when he was just 7 weeks old. When he was still a baby we started in our current class. Until he and his classmates were three years old the mums (or dads) went into the water with them. It became a close-knit group and that closeness continued after the mums stopped coming into the water. So the group evolved with the children, gradually becoming a learning to swim independently class rather than a baby class. Often there were spontaneous cheers and rounds of applause when a child finally achieved something that they had been working towards for many months.
Over the last few months it’s all been changing though and many of H’s classmates have moved onto more advanced classes. This week I was told that H needed to move up to lengths (lengths are quite short in this pool as you might be able to see from the photo). So it’s bye-bye to our regular class, we’re moving swimming class.
I think H will be glad to be back in the same class as many of his former swimming class mates. It’s a real sense of achievement and development when you move up a class. I think H was a little disappointed to be left behind in the class at times, when his class mates were moving onwards and upwards. Now he’ll be able to join them.
Swimming lengths will be a great way of building increased stamina and I’m sure it will help with stroke development too. It’s difficult to get into a rhythm with your stroke with short widths, but you need to have a certain confidence in your ability and a strength to be able to swim for longer each lesson. Hopefully, H’s swimming will come on leaps and bounds now he’s moving up a class.