Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Swim Class

Preston finished his swim class the week of July 4th and so I have a few more pictures to share with you. While he didn't make great strides in the area of swimming, he did learn a few basic principles and seems to be very comfortable with putting his face in the water. On the last day of class, Preston's teacher handed out "report cards" indicating whether each of the goals had been met. Here is what Preston accomplished:

  • Jump into deep water, swim 5 feet, turn around and swim back to the wall with a float belt

  • Know pool and class rules

  • Float on back 20 seconds with a float belt

  • Select and put on a PFD (Personal Floatation Device)

  • Perform a reaching assist

  • Participated in age appropriate water sports and games to reinforce skills and encourage fun in the water (uhm, he was all about fun in the water)

  • Participated in discussion on core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility

Although Preston didn't advance to the next level class, he still had a lot of fun.

Learning about those "core values" and water safety

Picking out his PFD. I think it weighs more than him.

"Yup, this thing is heavy."

It might be hard to tell, but here Preston is utilizing his "life saving" skills and rescuing his "drowning" teacher with a swim noodle.

And we do it all with a smile on our face. That's a Happy Chap!

And for your viewing pleasure a video of swim class. I just discovered (aka remembered) that there is a video feature on my camera so I thought I'd test it out. The quality is not all that great, but you get the idea.

Preston reminds me more of a cat being forced to swim with all that wiggling but hey, at least he's having a good time, right?

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