Today marked our last day of swimming lessons. We did two sessions, so four weeks straight. I cannot say enough about Portland Parks and Recreation swim classes. Affordable, convenient, full of nice people. Many pros, very few cons.
I grew up with a neighborhood pool that we could literally walk across the street to. There are not a lot of things that I can say with confidence that I am good at, but, I am a good swimmer, and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t.
My boys, well. They do not have a pool across the street, so every summer we trek out to the Sellwood Pool and do weeks of lessons in hopes that they will at least be able to survive falling out of watercraft.
Tate is a determined swimmer. He tries hard, practices diligently and listens to his instructors. He also gets very, very cold. There was a 100 degree day where everyone was sweating, even the kids in the pool. Except Tate. Tate was standing there in his swim shirt shivering like a leaf. That’s what happens when you have .5 body fat.
But this was Derek’s summer. He started swimming lessons by not wanting to even put his face in the water and then somewhere mid-session he totally got it. He just took off and suddenly, he could swim.
Since the blog was down, I was keeping a sort of log of the days. This is what I wrote about Derek’s swimming debut:
Derek learned to swim today. It was astounding. Last week he would not even put his face in the water. We didnt’ even go every day because it was so cold. And then this week, well, the temperatures soared to the nineties and apparently so did his confidence, since not only did he put his face in the water, he did a front glide and he floated on his back for 10 seconds. And just like that, well, he was up to the next class.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of him. He put his mind to it and he made it happen. I see that determination in Tate a lot but I have not expected that from D, mostly because he is young and also because he’s a different person. Not bad, just different.
But he had this, man. His teacher was thrilled. He was swimming all over, head under the water, huge smile on his face. He does an excellent back float, it’s a wonder to see.
I love seeing him so happy and proud. He can accomplish things! And now he knows it! He was delighted and paddling all over. I think he will really like being an otter.
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After that first session, Tate also ended up moving up from Seal to Polar Bear. I was very proud of them both. So much of swimming is just learning how to move and be comfortable in the water and they’ve both done a great job of it.
In other water news, we’ve also been doing a lot of this:
Because of course there has to be some sort of basketball element.