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Is my kid the only one who still can't swim? I hate to sound down on her but after two years of swim lessons not to mention days on the lake since she was 2 (boats and jetskis) why/when/where did she develop a fear of water??
I can barely swim... but my father was a college dive team captain, we grew up on a boat in CA and I COULD swim when I was 4. by the time I was 6 I had almost drowned twice (worst- walked off the edge of the pier with my dad and fell between and got stuck under boats). So my thing is all in my head and I know it. I can and will swim in the pool but the lake (any deep water especially if I can't see the bottom) no thank you! But I've been so careful not to pass that on to Megan. She doesn't know about it... I play in the pool with her. So what happened?
She WILL NOT put her face in the water. I know pushing her is wrong but I did sign her up for private lessons in addition to the public she is doing next week.
This next weekend Tim is off and we were talking about doing Great Wolf Lodge (water park) and Megan begs to go... but why would we take a kid who flips if her face gets wet??
She'll get the hang of it. Maybe Great Wolf Lodge is just what she needs. That might "force" her to get her face wet. I know Ady is always willing to try new things when her peers try them. And her friends react the same way to her. She has convinced many friends that jumping off the diving board is no big deal. Is there a friend or relative that can get in the water with her and show her how to have a good time without worrying about getting her face wet? Also, bribery always works!
Daniel can't swim. In fact, he won't even put his head under water in the pool. I keep meaning to find swim lessons for him, but I'm afraid that it'd be a waste of money because he just is so stubborn with the water in his face thing.
Abby can't swim. The place where we did lessons refused to let her repeat the first level, and I never did get around to finding a new place since she wasn't into it. But we didn't push it, had over the years she has come around with water stuff. So maybe next spring we'll look into it if she isn't doing soccer at that point. If not next summer. We did take both kids to the water park the other week and did just the kiddies area but the loved it! So that might be a great motivator.
Samantha has finally learned. We did three months of swim lessons last year on Saturdays and she was okay. This year she went to a pool party and insisted on having arm floaties since she wasn't sure how deep it was. We gave in and it was like she didn't know how to swim. What finally worked was taking her to a pool part for her friend's birthday. All of her friends could swim. We had to get forecful and I told her I would go look for her goggles, but she couldn't use the floaties. Next thing we knew she swam and the best we had ever seen. Sometimes the treat of embarrassment in front of their friends does the trick.