Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Swimming on her OWN finally

Regret to say that we live in this condo for nearly 8 years, and we hardly went down to the swimming pool.  Mommy could count the number of our visit by ten fingers. **paiseh**

Actually, Shenny loves to play water in swimming pool and yet papa and mommy not keen to bring her.  Therefore, whenever we bring her down to swimming pool, it is very hard to ask her to come out from water.

Three months ago, mommy bounced into a swimming instructor at the pool area.  Mommy asked him to teach Shenny swimming too.  He taught her twice a week. 
To increase her interest and confident, her cousin Hang Hang (7 year old) also joins in the lesson.
In fact, it was GREAT challenge for Shenny as briefly described below:

1st challenge -  Shenny was afraid to dive her head in the water. 


Shenny didn't know how to float in the water.  She behaved so stiff when instructor teach her to float with kickboard.
Also, Shenny was so scared to dip her head in water, therefore, when instructor asked her to dive her head in water, she only barely touched her nose in water and quickly walked away.

So, the instructor kept on encouraging her. Then she finally dared to dip her head and breath out in the water.

Shenny loves to dive her head in the water for many many times NOW.

2nd challenge - Shenny didn't know how to float in the water.

The instructer taught her to float by holding on kickboard.

3rd challenge - She becomes horrified when asked to swim without kickboard. 
It took few days and few lessons for both mommy and instructer to encourage her to jump into water without kickboard.  To build up her confident, the instructer had to train her in the child pool.

Shenny never wanted to let go her kickboard when swim in adult pool.

4th challenge - Shenny only dared to swim at the child pool without kickboard. 
She could do many different stunts in the child pool and became very confident in the water. 
However, she STILL didn't want to let go the kickboard at the adult pool.  She was afraid that she could be drawn because her foot could not touch the ground. (Adult pool is 5.5 feet depth)

5th challenge - Shenny could finally swim in the adult pool without kickboard but need an adult next to her.
Her reason is that if she did not have strength to swim, she could grab the person next to her. 


Shenny could swim in a very short distance only. She managed to make few (3 or 4) hits in the water and then grabbed on her instructor.

FINALLYShenny overcome her fear and she could swim across the pool without anyone next to her. 

Shenny swam across the adult pool.  Her instructor was on the other side of pool looked on her.


Now, she even found her own way to stand in water. Her instructor will teach her proper technique in future.

Mommy and papa felt so relieve and proud of her, she finally could swim after two months hardwork (stop one month in between). 

Day by day, Shenny had become more and more confidence in the water.  Although she is a little success, mommy and papa have faith in her that she would excel in her swimming.

Since Shenny began her swimming lesson, mommy accompanied her to swim almost every day.  Now, mommy's swimming skill also improved a lot. :)

18 comments:

Alice Law said...

I'm impressed, with a transient 2 months period, Shenny is able to master the basic swimming techniques! Bravo~ Shenny! I'm so proud of her!

Love to watch the gradual efforts she has put to accelerate her swimming skill, this will be one of the precious recoding for her!

Have a nice day!

smallkucing said...

Looks like she have been working hard on it. Good progress

MeRy said...

Well done.....

ChloeRuoyi said...

Amazing! Shenny can swim so well after just 2 months of lessons? A big clap to her! Mummy also did a great job with this detailed recording of her progress.

Shenny even knows water treading. That's good cos it's a very important skill :)

Mummy Gwen said...

Bravo Shenny. She works very hard..good job. She will be a good swimmer one day.

I don't know how to swim. *paiseh*

Alice Phua said...

Wow, great acheivement for her, considering her age! I wonder how much is the swimming lesson fee?

Shenny's mommy said...

@Alice Phua:
It is hard to find an instructor willing to come over our place to teach. We pay RM25 per hour lesson. Never mind if it is a bit pricey but the instructor we have is a lifeguard. He is very experience in teaching. So we don't mind plus save the trouble to go other swimming center.

Sheoh Yan said...

That is a great achievement. Only 2 months time that she can swim independently. Thumbs up! I have registerred April in swimming lesson in November.

prince n princess mum said...

Well done!

anney said...

Good job Shenny! You're a better swimmer than me! hehehe!

Mommy to Chumsy said...

well done Shenny :) This auntie doesn't even know how to swim :)

Chew Lee said...

Bravo Shenny... malaika knows how to swim in the deep water and I dont even know, shame on me hor...

妈妈知我心 said...

好可爱。。。好像小蝌蚪一样,哈哈。。。加油哦!!

Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

Good job Shenny!!! You are a very brave girl.

Puan Isah said...

What a brave, brave girl shenny is :) and congratulations to her for overcoming her fear!

btw, mak isah have added your link to my blog list :)

have a wonderful weekend!

Annie Q said...

Well Done Shenny!!

Shame on me, i don't know how to siwm. hahahhahah

My boys love swimming too, always ask me to bring them to swim, but i am lazy. Thinking want to sent them for swimming class, but have yet to locate one for them. :(

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

I do not know how to swim too.

Shenny is progressing so fast and she able to swim all by herself within 2 mths, speechless!

Angeline said...

Awesome! Thank you for reinforcing the point that, so long as our kids progress, money should not be the barrier.

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