Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Swimming Lessons

Austin started swimming lessons when he was three and a half. After three rounds of swimming lessons he is confidently swimming by himself. He really knew how to swim after two but I wanted him to learn more. He loves swimming so much I think we might enroll him again in the winter when we can't swim in our community pool.

 Waiting for his turn.

You can see him swimming to his instructor. We call his teach coach Jeff.

When he needs air he rolls onto his back and floats.

He is supposed to flip over once he gets air and swim the rest of the way but sometimes he gets lazy and does back stroke.

 They used this big mat to learn how to put themselves up onto something that floats and kick across the pool.

This is a toddler Burrito. 

Austin thought it was Hilarious. Poor Lily on the right didn't like it and Sammy (middle) laughed once she heard Austin laughing. 

I took a lot of pictures so you can really see him doing it and using his arms. 

He is a really good floater. His coach always jokes that we can all go get lunch or see a movie while he floats. Usually the kids only float for about five seconds but I've clocked Austin at 30 seconds.

After he flips over he either continues swimming to the other side of the pool or he goes to the wall and pulls himself out.

Austin's class starts at 10:30 and Bennett usually takes a nap right around that time so this is how he usually is during the class.

I was surprised they gave Austin a kick board to hold because he already knows how to do back stroke. I think maybe they were trying to get him to focus on his kicking.

At the end of every lesson they get to go down the slide. It is just a mat but the kids love it. 

No Fear!

After the last lesson they have the closing ceremonies. They have the kids stand on the champion stand and they played the olympics theme music. Then Coach Jeff presents them with their medals. Each lesson he has gotten a different medal.

He knows whats coming and he is really excited!

Who knows...maybe you are looking at the future Michael Phelps. Probably not, but a Mom can dream :)


Melody said...

That is so cute! What a good swimmer! We have Andrew signed up to start swimming lessons sometime in September. I hope he does as well as Austin!

Leamaster Family said...

Thats awesome! Nice job Austin!

Robert and Lisa said...

How cute is that?!? What a fun experience for him.

Sarah said...

I like that man's swimsuit. That's my kind of suit!