I am quite proud of myself for not crying like a complete sap, but I did well-up enough for my vision to be as watery as if I was one of the kids swimming without goggles. What can I say… my Dad was a competitive swimmer, my sister and I swam competitively for many years and now my kids have swam in their first swim meet.
The swim school they go to has a few options for make up swim lessons. One of those options is a “Fun Meet” and that is what the kids did today to make up for the swim lessons they missed while we were on vacation. I didn’t know what to expect and I was more than pleasantly surprised.
They had it all organized into heats with the littlest kids going first. It was well managed and in a little over an hour they were able to let each swim level race in multiple events.
Elise swam the “tiger paddle”, or what we called growing up the doggy paddle. The teacher that swam with her wasn’t her usual teacher so the teacher asked if Elise wanted a noodle to swim with. She doesn’t usually swim with the noodle so I was surprised when Elise opted to swim with it. It was probably a good thing though because she has never swam all the way across the pool.
Tiger Paddle: 46:84 seconds
Elise’s second event was the “bird flap” The swim school focuses on safety so the kids know what to do if they ever fall in or feel overwhelmed. The “bird flap” is what they teach the kids after they are comfortable floating on their back.
Bird Flap: 49:49
Patrick swam the free style. Not a lot to explain here except that I think this meet was a bit of a wake up call for Patrick that maybe he should try a bit harder in lessons!
Free Style: 34:16
Patrick also swam the backstroke. He is much more comfortable with the backstroke.
Michael swam freestyle.
He also swam backstroke.
Michael’s final event was breaststroke. He has only had 2 lessons where they had been working on breaststroke. For now his teachers focus on teaching the arms and they let the kids flutter kick until they get the arms down.
Of course the kids’ favorite part was the ribbons. That used to be my favorite part of swim meets too. That and running around with my friends in-between events… oh and eating taco in a bag. I don’t know why, but it seemed like every swim meet there was always taco in a bag. Taco in a bag is awesome. Swim meets are awesome. I hope this is the first of many.
I am so proud of my little swimmers. More pictures here.