[caption id="attachment_15460" align="alignright" width="227"] Izzy shows us how brave she is now[/caption]
It is hard to remember why swim lessons are so important. Last summer we were at a family outing in a pool full of other adults and our kids, and Izzy was on the steps right next to me in the pool. Izzy cannot swim and had never had lessons. She normally wears a puddle jumper when she’s in the pool, except this time simply because she wasn't ready to get in.
Izzy slipped off the pool step
Instead she decided to put her feet in the pool. She slipped off the bottom step within an arm’s length of me. I was facing the opposite direction talking to her dad.
"I turned around to face her, and on the surface of the pool I saw the top of a head and big wide-eyed Izzy grasping for me."
I leaped toward her and scooped her out of the water, this was the scariest moment of my entire life. Since then, my little fish refused to get in the water at all. When she finally did agree to get in the water, she refused to be without her puddle jumper, even in the kiddie pool!
[caption id="attachment_15461" align="alignright" width="200"] Hinton Girls enjoying summer at the Y[/caption]
We joined the Baxter YMCA to take advantage of the summer programs. When I saw they had swimming lessons, I decided to have all three of my kiddos take lessons. More than anything, I hoped it would help Izzy face her fear of the water. Day one of class Izzy cried and begged me not to take her, because she was scared they would make her get in the water without her puddle jumper (she can reach the bottom of the pool by the way).
When we got there they split the kids in groups based on skill level, and Izzy and her sister Lux were in Miss Brie's class. Izzy got into the water but wouldn't let go of the wall.
From scared to excited
After just a few lessons she started actually enjoying the lessons.
She'd ask everyone in the family all week long, "how many days until swim lessons?"
She looked forward to getting in the water even without flotation assistance. She would barely dip her face in the water prior to lessons, and she had to hold her nose, but during lessons she learned how to dip her head in the water completely! She eventually learned how to submerge her head in the water without holding her nose.
"We are so proud of her and what she has accomplished. Best of all, my baby learned to be confident in the water!"
I remember the first time she got into the pool without even thinking about it! Lux achieved so much that her progress report at the end of class indicated she could skip a level because she had done so well! The Baxter YMCA Swim Lessons are capable of making huge changes in how someone views the water. Instead of being afraid, she now truly looks forward to swimming with her sisters and friends. And I have more confidence in her ability to keep herself safe, which is priority #1!
[caption id="attachment_15459" align="alignright" width="200"] Hinton family enjoying the outdoor pool[/caption]
Over 100 years of swim lessons
The Y has a long history in teaching swim lessons. In 1903 a YMCA campaign was started “to teach every man and boy in North America” to swim, so George Corsan arrived at the Detroit YMCA in 1909 to teach swimming using radical new methods: group swimming lessons and lessons on land as a confidence builder. In Newark, NJ alone, he taught 800 boys to swim in just four weeks.
The Baxter YMCA has been teaching swim lessons on Indy's south side for well over 50 years. Whether you have a little 6 month old (Parent/Child Swim Lessons) or you are 99 years old, and "learning to swim" is on your bucket list (Adult Swim Lessons or Private Swim Lessons), the YMCA is for you.