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.
FINALLY, Shenny 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. :)