Z had started swimming lessons at Aqua ducks in June 2013. He was 3.5 years old and while he was constantly exposed to the waters since young, he would always scream and cling on to Mr H in the pool. It could be attention seeking or it could be genuine fear. It had been difficult to teach him swimming at home.
We had been recommended to Aqua ducks by Z’s classmate’s mom. While it was rather pricey, they made adapting to water so fun that Z was sold. It reminded me of one of the 36 stratagems – 瞒天过海. They used nursery songs and toys to distract the children from being overly worried about the waters.
There were 2 other children when Z had started the class. Of the 3, Z had progressed the most and it truly inflated his ego (as seen from the confidence in jumping down the water slide).
Most of the time, when Z swam at home, he was talking way too much and it sort of reminded me of a friend. Today, one of the rare times when I got to observe him in class, I realized he could swim really well.
As his progress had exceeded that of his current class, his coach had requested for us to move him up to another more advanced class.
It was pretty amazing what 7 months could do.