It’s no secret that Gunnar loves his cousins and loves to swim, so summer days at the lake with Carter and Sutton were highlights of Gunnar’s summer. Oh, and the rest of the family was pretty fun to have around too.
These pictures were taken during the last few moments of Graceanna’s time in her ring. She wanted to go with the arm floaties so she could swim around more. She’s a big girl now don’t you know!
Or, as he’s affectionally called at our house, Sutty.
It’s true. Gunnar isn’t wearing his life vest. I like to give him some time without it to help him get stronger at swimming. When he wears it constantly, he just uses it like those arm floaties which do not allow you to learn to swim correctly.
Watching my itty bitty baby take swim lessons was amazing to me. She could do so much and was so content in the water. Coach Talia always talked about how she loved swimming with Graceanna.
Some bubbles to warm up. SBS Swim School requires the children to wear swim caps and it really helps to keep water out of their ears and hair out of their face. It’s intended to make it more comfortable for the kids. Gunnar doesn’t like to wear it which surprises me because he hates water in his ears, but I think he just gets too hot.
The ball game. This seems to be Graceanna’s favorite. She can really kick her legs and get herself around the pool to get the balls and put them in the bowl.
Going under. Even at her first lesson, Graceanna knew how to hold her breath. She had done it with me before and seem to naturally know what to do.
Swimming to the wall. Look at her little feet and legs starting to kick. So cute!
She knew just what to do. Then she practiced pulling herself out of the pool. (That’s what I love about this program. They teach those safety skills like how to get out of the pool anywhere you fall in.)
Learning to back float. She was so cute. She would get herself really ridged and just kind of roll around on top of the water. The coaches could even let go and she wouldn’t move. This wasn’t quite real backfloating, but close. They often sang a song or read a little book as they floated around the pool together.
This is Gunnar’s second summer for swim lessons. The first 4 lessons were with Coach Karen. (Coach Karen who owns Safety Before Skill Swim School is the one Gunnar learned from last summer as well.) The second 4 lessons were with Coach Talia who really made Gunnar do the drills correctly even though he wanted to skip drills and do the fun stuff.
I was amazed how much better he swam after each lesson. Coach Talia said Gunnar is a good swimmer, but not survivable. He has not quite developed the discipline to calm himself in the water in order to backfloat (even though he can do it) or even swim to the wall. He doesn’t have the hang of treading water. So, basically he will end up doggy paddling and eventually sink. Toward the end of summer (well, I guess it’s still summer, but pools have closed during the week) he was starting to calm himself enough to swim to the wall so that’s a big improvement. I think next summer he will be do great. He’ll have another year of emotional and physical development will help a lot.
Kick board drills and flippers to keep the knees straight when kicking. No bicycle kicking.
This was the first time he was trying the free style. He was so focused on what his hands and arms were to do, he automatically kept his legs straight. (See that dark line? That’s where the bottom drops from 3 feet to 14 feet. The SBS Swim School rents the pool at a dive shop.)
Time for some fun – diving for rings. Notice his straight legs again. He seems to naturally have good technique when he’s not being lazy or goofy.
A little fun.
Then, finished off with the back float. He can do it, he just doesn’t like it!