Brogan took a break after his first lessons last summer because he refused to get his face wet. I was a little concerned that he would still have the same problem this summer, but thought it was worth a shot! He was still freaking out when he gets water in his eyes or ears when I’m washing his hair or something, so we got him some ear plugs and goggles, and I think that has really helped him feel more confortable.
Here he is with his swimming instructor, kicking, and then showing off his face-in-the-water skills:
This particular time he got water in his nose though, which made him pretty unhappy. But his instructor was able to cheer him right back up quite quickly, and he even put his face in the water again before he got out of the pool:
Progress that has crossed over is that he will now occasionally get his whole face and head wet in the shower!! Good stuff!
Avery is still really enjoying the water. We got her a shorty wetsuit, because even though the pool is fairly warm, she was getting cold during her lessons. When she gets cold, her muscles freeze up and she can barely move properly, let alone learn new things, so she wasn’t getting anything out of her lessons. The wetsuit seems to be helping! She also started wearing ear plugs because she was getting swimmer’s ear almost every time she swam. She spends a lot of time underwater, so I suppose it’s not really surprising. She hasn’t had any problems since she started wearing earplugs, so that’s great!
She had a new teacher this time, and I think he was a little unsure of what he should expect of her or how he should treat her. There were 3 kids in her class – two boys and her, and I know a few times when I peeked in, the boys would be attempting to swim with a paddle board or something, and Avery was getting a ride on the instructor’s back. I understand that it could be hard to know how to handle the situation when you see a little girl in a wheelchair or walker – if she’s less physically able outside of the pool, what should you expect of her in the water? But Avery is so much more capable in the water – I really think that she is capable of keeping up with her peers. But it’s just a matter of her new instructor getting to know her, and getting a clearer picture of her potential as a swimmer. Her previous instructor was awesome, and really pushed Avery to improve herself. She really made an effort to get to know her, and asked me questions about Avery’s physical abilities so that she could really understand what she was working with and what she should focus on. Buuuutt… she got married and moved away *sigh* Good for her, not so good for us…! It takes time, but hopefully this new instructor will figure out how best to help Avery progress.