This has been the summer of swimming for our five year old. She started off in Blow Fish (Level 1) which is the very beginning level. The kids are being introduced to the water and learning how to breath in the water. This was easy for her, but it was good to have the confidence going forward into Sting Ray (Level 2). Here the kids were learning how to float frontwards and backwards, and developing their kicking skills. Our kiddo did pretty well at this level, she probably could have finished out the summer in that level, but she has moved onto Manatee (Level 3).The five year old is learning how to glide through the water, refine her kicking skills, and start the arm motions for the Front Crawl.
Its been tough to get her going in the mornings, because she likes to sleep in. We are often rushed to get out of the house. There have also been times were she likes to be a clown in her class. I have had to tell her to pay attention to her swim instructor. But she is 5, so I expect a small attention span. SQUIRREL!!! However, despite the struggles to get going and the attention span of a gnat at times, its been well worth the investment to see her develop these vital skills. The confidence she is gaining is so much fun to watch.