As I posted previously, one of my summer projects is to get Sydney to learn to swim. I booked a series of six private swim lessons, at the end of which Sydney went underwater and held her breath for six seconds. I then booked another six private lessons but progress was slow .. for the first five.
On July 19th my brother and sister-in-law, Dave and Sharon, came to town and were able to watch Sydney during her final 30-minute lesson. It was amazing the difference it made in Sydney’s motivation having someone (other than me) watch.
Previously, Sydney would grudgingly do the things her instructor, Mia, asked: floating on her back, practicing the elementary back stroke, going underwater to get rings that were on the bottom, crawl stroking, and kicking. Mia mentioned to me at one point “she just needs to try to put everything together”. With the encouragement of an audience, she certainly did that on July 19th!
Below are four very short videos that show Sydney’s progress on that one day:
- Floating on her back: You can actually see Sydney starting to sink and then kicking her legs to try to keep herself afloat
- Elementary back stroke: She has a very nice stroke, although held up by a floatee
- Diving underwater for rings
- Putting it all together by actually swimming a few yards for a few seconds!