All three of them having been in the pool – and thus at a variety of swim schools and centres – since they were around 6 months of age, I have seen them come leaps and bounds.
But never more so than I have since they moved to this swim school a year ago.
Monkey Boy, whilst a ‘natural’ in the water and having got to lessons designed for eight year olds when he was four, stagnated for years. He had no goals, no idea what to aim for, and got complacent.
Whilst he demonstrated to me that he could do what was required of him to go up a level outside of class, he felt no compulsion to do it in class. At one stage, he stayed in the same level for almost two years … and it seemed no one cared.
Last year, not only did he know what it was he needed to do (other than “just show your teacher you can do it” – whatever ‘it’ was, cos I had no idea, either) because it is plastered all over the walls at the centre, AND the teachers knew what they were doing and what the kids had to do, he also achieved a certificate for the next level, completed the 1km medal and swam 50 laps in 30 minutes to raise funds for a swim school in Vietnam.
The “50 laps in 30 minutes” was a goal he set himself – and that is an achievement in itself.
He had a goal, he achieved it, and whilst he no longer does lessons at Paul Sadler Swimland, I feel more comfortable with him around water. He has never shown fear, and could easily have been a dolphin, but he has learn about respect for the water; which is all I’ve ever really wanted. That and how to be as safe as possible, how to navigate dangers and how to save yourself and/or others if needed.
Godzilla has gone up two levels in one year, he is focussed and doing remarkably well. It is not only good for him physically, but also mentally. He aspires to do better than his brother – his older brother is one of his idols – but also, he just knows what to aim for, what to do and to work towards it.
I forgot how essential this was, even for kids, whilst they were at other centres.
It’s also amazing watching other kids when they reach milestones and are given certificates. It makes me smile.
Chippie … well, after three years of him screaming during swimming lessons, for a minimum of ten minutes, up to the full half hour, he has not screamed, cried or even shed a single tear. Not. Once.
It did take him a full year to go up a level. Well, not really. He started at the level the centre thought he should be in, but two weeks in they decided he was more advance than the other kids, so he went ‘up’. Then it took him the rest of the year to get the next certificate. Even in this, his teacher worked hard to assist him, her goal was getting him doing what was needed and up a level.
He now has a teacher, a male, he adores more than last year’s teacher. He fawns after him as only a small child can with someone he admires so greatly. It’s rather cute and just a little bit funny.
(Also, his teacher has the most amazing accent that I could listen to for hoooouuuuuuurs!)
In all – Happy. Very happy.
And I have been given the opportunity to give you a term of this happiness and contentment that I have experienced, and the vital skills my kids have learnt over the la
st 12 months.
Paul Sadler Swimland, whom, by the way are celebrating their 10 millionth swim in May of this year, have various sites across Victoria, and in Townsville (Queensland) – to see exactly where, please see their Locations page on their website, and are giving away, to one very lucky person:
o 1 x term of swimming lessons $210
o 1 x goggles RRP $21.00
o 1 x Kickboard RRP $18.50
o 1 x Plush toy RRP $10.00
o 1 x Swordy or Fly towel RRP $25
o 1 x Colouring-in book RRP $4.00
To be in the running, in the comments below, tell me why you want this prize?
There is one only to be won, and entrants must be able to attend a Paul Sadler Swimland centre.
Entries MUST be in the comments below and must be made by 5.00pm on Sunday the 30th of March (so you have the opportunity for lessons in Term 2 – Yay!)
Please, please, please make sure you have a valid email address!
For more info about Paul Sadler Swimland you can visit the website at http://www.paulsadlerswimland.com/ or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/swimlandaus