Friday, September 19, 2008

Water Safe


We recently enrolled Addi in "water safe" swim classes out in Seal Beach and had a major break through on Wednesday. She goes for just 15 minutes 2 days a week with her instructor Scott and they focus on getting the kids to be able to save themselves if they were to ever fall in a pool unattended (my worst fear since Ian's parents have a pool). He was recommended to us by the Tuggles and Jacobs who have been so happy with the progress their kids have made with these lessons as well. The first two lessons were kind of hard to watch, she screamed the entire time. I would hide behind a mirrored window so she couldn't see me, but by the end of both, he had her floating on her back without his assistance (still crying the whole time). So, on Wednesday, we had her third lesson (still crying a lot, but a little more calm) and by the end of it as the pictures show, she was able to jump in the water, guided by him, and then on her own without him touching her, she got herself up to the top, rolled herself over and then began to back float all with out him touching her until the very end (all while still crying). It was amazing to see, especially just after 3, 15 minute lessons. We are so excited about the progress she has made.







10 comments:

kori said...

That is amazing. Good job tutu

jayna said...

We so need to do something like this with our girls. (Although there is little pressure since we live in the land of no oceans or pools...)

The last Unicorn said...

Way to go Addie! And check out that hot body.. she must take after her mommy :)

The Jacobs said...

Good job, Addi! Luke screams every time too. I think it's actually gotten worse but he does float. =)

Shandra and Christian said...

So proud of little Addi! She's so cute in these pictures.

Keli'i and Megan said...

We did this with Aiken. Works great, but beware...he didn't get over his fear of swimming pools for years. Loves the ocean and can swim, but hates swimming pools. I just wish someone told me that before we enrolled him. I think I'd do it again, though. Especially because we lived with my parents at the time and they have an ungated pool in their backyard...Let me know how she does with it! She's super cute!

Gabe & Christy Beal said...

i saw this on the today show this summer - it was so amazing. except they were teaching babies like 9-12 months old by tossing them in a pool fully clothed with shoes on and everything. It horrified me a little but one by one they all popped up and rolled over!

Rob and Juliann said...

Wow. That is awesome. What a brave girl.

megan&steve said...

Wow. Addie is a water safe swimmer! Having a mirror for the parents to stand behind is a great idea. I love the play by play pictures.

The Englanders said...

Wow! That is amazing! She's getting so big!