H started swimming last term with school, quite early as he was still in Year 2. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get in some extra classes; experience a different teacher; and get used to getting himself changed without me on hand. It didn’t work like that and in fact, we had to work hard to overcome the negative impact that the school classes had on his water confidence.
Eventually, we seemed to get to a point where he was more comfortable with school swimming lessons and it no longer felt like their classes were sending him backwards each week. So it was nice to see him come home at the end of term with these school swimming stripes or braids. He’s been able to do the skills on the certificates for over a year and his swimming is beyond the level they indicate, but they were achieved in the school classes, in that problematic environment, so for me they are a real win. They also show that H has worked through a lot of the issues and still been able to show some of what he can do in the water.