Just a few months ago, Claire’s swimming skills had plateaued, falling somewhat short of actually swimming. She was starting to dislike her indoor YMCA swim lessons and actively campaigned against going to the YMCA each Saturday morning. She did not like her goggles. She was even starting to get a little more scared of the water, and resisted getting in. So we gave swimming a break for a while.
Things have really turned around this summer. Claire has started to enjoy swimming again, thanks in large part to swim lessons with her friends at summer camp. And today for the first time, she actually swam all by herself. It happened during a weekend visit to Houston to see her grandparents. Claire love’s their community pool, which has a 3-foot shallow end, the perfect depth for Claire to take some chances but still touch the bottom in a pinch. We went swimming four times in under 48 hours, at Claire’s repeated request. We calculated that Claire spent roughly one third of her waking hours that weekend in the pool. We are very grateful for sunscreen!
Anyways, Claire was so happy and proud when she swam all by herself. Here is some documentation of the big milestone, including videos of both her underwater style and her dog paddle style.
Besides the solo swimming, Claire is also enjoying her goggles now. She loves putting her face in the water at the 9-foot deep end, in particular, to look down to see just how deep it is. That is a far cry from the scared girl who wanted to sit out swimming class at the YMCA just a few months ago.