Blog - Sponsored children
our 2014 sponsored children are starting their third terms in swimming, they have all made amazing progress this year… See some of their stories here.
Robyn and WetWetWet Swim School
Swimming Progress blog for Robyn, 27th April 2014 - Lesson No 1 by Robyn's Mum
Today is the first day of Robyn’s one year swimming course with WetWetWet Swimschool, and to say that we, as a family are excited is an understatement. Robyn was raring to go! We arrived at 2.30, half an hour early for her 3 pm lesson. Just enough time for her to take on some energy in the form of some carbohydrates and a tangerine. Robyn is an energetic 4 year old and like all budding young swimmers requires a regular energy intake.The weather was both sunny and rainy, a typical UK spring day when we arrived and she was ready almost immediately after changing into her favourite swimsuit. The changing booths are clean, spacious and well organised.
Upon arrival we were made to feel very welcome and were asked to take photographs of Robyn’s lesson. Not a problem for us, we have filled up many hard drives with pictures of Robyn growing up, typical Proud parents.
We had about 10 minutes before the lesson started but this was no problem as there was plenty of seating around the pool and Robyn enjoyed looking through the books that had been left out for the children to read whilst waiting.
Robyn's instructor Matt made us all feel very comfortable, Robyn in particular, you can tell that he has a very good rapport with young children and Robyn took to him immediately!
Matt asked Robyn to sit on the side of the pool while they chatted and he attached a buoyancy aid to her waist. She jumped in and started swimming with a float, concentrating on kicking and using her arms. Matt also showed Robyn how to use floats and the noodle, all the time making it fun!
Matt was very encouraging and made the lesson fun for Robyn, he had a really calm aura about him and this really made Robyn feel comfortable and relaxed. Gradually Matt reduced the amount of buoyancy aids to see how strong Robyn was and she did very well in making it from a quarter of the way down the pool back to the end. By this time she was getting a little tired so they concentrated on how to get out of the pool, an important skill.
All in all we were very pleased with Robyn’s first lesson. She loved it, and was asking about next week’s lesson already! As parents we really enjoyed watching Robyn making so much progress during the lesson – more than we had seen her make before and all just within a 30 minute lesson!
Nothing was rushed and we never felt like there was any rush during the lesson. But most importantly Robyn had a massive smile on her little face all the way through her lesson. What was nice was the way Matt took the time to have a brief chat with us after the lesson to comment on how Robyn did.
Above all Robyn found the lesson fun, and used up so much energy she fell asleep in the car 10 minutes into our journey home (rare these days)!
Robyn Swimming Blog – Week 2 04/05/14
Lesson number two was meet with great anticipation today, Robyn was really keen to get in the pool and get started! There were more children in the lesson today (6) and three members of staff helping them out, so every child got a lot of one on one help and they all received lots of attention and were not left waiting around for ‘their turn’.
Todays lesson began with a quick warm up consisting of lots of kicking in the water trying to splash Matt and the rest of the team, a great fun way to get all the children eager and alert!
The rest of the lesson focused on backstroke with lots of help to keep her guided, Robyn looked like she was really enjoying this and still managed to smile and chat throughout! I think she was able to relax as she knew that Matt or one of the other teachers were right there with her, and you could see the other children also gaining confidence and managing to do some of the backstoke without the teachers holding them.
Some of the lesson involved Robyn holding two floats and swimming unaided – we were amazed at how much more her confidence had grown after just last weeks lesson. All in all the 30 minute lesson went really quickly but so much had been covered, and at no time did it seem that parts of the lesson were being rushed.
Robyn was tired on the way home, but stayed awake as she was looking forward to her roast dinner when we got home. We asked Robyn what part she enjoyed the most about the lesson and her reply was “All of it, and I loved splashing Matt with the other kids".
Flossie and WetWetWet Swim School
Flossie is 3 years old. She is swimming for free with WetWetWet Swim School for one year.
Flossie had her first swimming lesson today. She has spoken about it a lot over the past few weeks with much excitement but when we arrived at the pool she started to get a little nervous. When it was time to get into the pool she cried and didn't want to get into the pool. Matt, her instructor, advised us to sit on the side and join in when Flossie felt comfortable. This only took a few minutes and soon floss was joining in with lots of splashing and giggles. The lesson was very relaxed and lots of fun, which I think was perfect, especially for the first session! The children used a variety of floats, woggles and back packs and did a mixture of swimming, jumping in (Flossies favourite) and practicing getting in and out of the pool safely. At one point Matt asked Flossie to swim with him but she got upset and wanted to stay with me. Matt didn't push it at all and quickly moved on to the next activity. Although she got upset a couple of times Flossie really enjoyed her lesson and I was really impressed with Wet Wet Wet swim school.
Sarah Scott – Flossie’s Mum
Flossie absolutely adores her lessons. She is gaining more and more confidence every week. Matt keeps the lessons interesting and exciting by introducing a number of new activities every week alongside some regulars that Flossie knows and looks forward to (she sings the songs to go with the activities throughout the week!). Last week Flossie swam two lengths of the pool using only a noodle, half a length using a back pack and a couple of metres completely unaided, which was all totally amazing!
Sarah, Flossie's Mum June 14
Floss is really enjoying the lessons. She is much more comfortable with Matt now and every week before we get into the pool says 'I like Matt, Matt is my friend', which is great as the first week she was very unsure of him. Matt has gained a little more trust every week with a very gentle approach. Floss loves the games that are played in the pool every week and has taught her elder sister the songs that accompany the games! I have seen a noticeable improvement in Flossie’s ability and confidence. Last week floss even swam half a pool length on her own with only the aid of a back pack (although she didn't realise that no- one was holding her!!). We are so pleased with her lessons and how well she is doing.
Flossie's Mum Sarah