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Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #5

Posted on May 12, 2017 11:05:22 AM by Renee Howe in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Swim Lessons, in Children's Swimming, in learning to swim, in Goggles, in Swimtastic, in Achieving goals, in improving swimming skills, in swimming goals

Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #5 

Look mom, no goggles!! That was the highlight of our latest swimming adventure with Miss Lisa. Before we started lessons I thought that giving my child goggles would get him excited about the whole process, but in hindsight, I believe I have imposed a slight crutch for him to use. Because his swim class is small, REALLY small, only-2-other-kids kind of small, there isn’t even a need for them because of the splashing and rough water…the reason during our previous lessons…is pretty non-existent. Because he’s not fighting the water, he’s more likely to actually put his whole face in…
which by the way we are also doing now! The top of the head is still a work in progress.

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Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #3

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 12:49:49 PM by Renee Howe in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Swimming, in Swimming lessons, in Swimtastic, in Parenting Experiences, in mom, in Water, in swimming goals

Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #3

Week 3 started with so much excitement on the car ride over that I felt like I needed to run every red light just to get Easton there before it faded. Of course, his excitement was in part due to his assumption, (an incorrect one), that he was going to get another water gun from the Swimtastic “store” like he did after his first lesson. I did have to dash his hopes on that but did offer up a package of cookies from their snack area as a consolation prize. Surprisingly, he was cool with it. 

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Our First Swimtastic Swim Lesson: Easton and His Swimming Adventures

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM by Renee Howe in kids swimming classes, in swim instructor, in Swimming lessons, in kids, in New Adventures, in Positive Expereinces, in Parents, in mom, in Water, in kids and parents

Our First Swimtastic Swim Lesson:
Easton and His Swimming Adventures

My son Easton is 4…”4 and will be 5 when Santa Clause comes” if you ask him. Easton LOVES to be in the bathtub but hates absolutely everything to do with getting water on or near anything above his neck. Washing this child’s hair is a 10-minute negotiation and strategic discussion of how I plan to successfully avoid any moisture hitting his face, God forbid his eyes. So when we planned our first go at swimming lessons I had very low expectations. We signed up for the $35/8-week session at a local fitness facility and it was a disaster. He had minimal, (meaning none), pool experience, and the parents were required to get IN the water with the kids: not my idea of fun. (Turns out I don’t like splashing either). There were 10 kids in our class along with at least 4 other classes going on around us. Add to that all of the parents and siblings waiting along the edge and facility members in the hot tub and you’ve got a noise level that made it nearly impossible to hear our instructor. The only thing Easton wanted to do was hang onto the edge and play with the dive toys.

Clearly, cheaping out on swimming lessons was an epic fail so I decided to try a new style of lessons and found Swimtastic.

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