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The little push

I had found out and verified that Z was a child who required a hard push, as opposed to attempts to inspire him. 

A few days ago, I told him that I felt that his swimming was subpar and that he was unlikely to be even considered for trying out for competition at the rate he was going.

He surprised Mr H and I by swimming 3 laps of proper breaststrokes. We were impressed. It was not because he had swam fast but because he had completed 3 laps.

You could not have imagined the number of whines we used to receive just to get him to complete 0.5 lap. Completing 1 lap would have been a tall order, let alone 3 laps.

He would usually throw his arms and legs about like a doggie style halfway through 0.5 lap. Hence, seeing him swim proper breaststrokes for 3 laps was very surprising. 

At the end of it, we asked how he felt about completing 3 laps on his own. Z said, “I am very happy!”

Well, hard earned results made a difference.

I sure hoped he could keep this up. This part of parenting business was tougher than sleep training a baby. 

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Passing the freestyle test

Towards the end of the first term with Swimfast, there was a test at the 9th class. Thankfully, Z had pulled his socks up with respect to being serious if the time called for it and passed the test. He had commenced his backstrokes class and had demonstrated a whiff bit of it.

Once again, it proved the point on how well if he would if he paid attention to what was required of him.

At Swimfast, it would have taken most kids two years to clear the basic foundation (BF) and basic swim class (SK1). The kids would then move to Freestyle class (SK2), then Backstroke class (SK3) and more.

However, he gained a head start with Aqua Ducks and shaved off the learning period by more than half. He had been able to swim independently 7 months into the class (as he turned 4 years’ old). Aqua Ducks, while not the best school for strokes, gifted us with a water confident boy. When he joined Swimfast, he was placed into SK2 right away.

He had his off days when he was not swimming right and was almost demoted. We made him understand that he could not always fool around like when he was at Aqua Ducks. Thankfully he pulled his socks up and was promoted to the next level, instead of being ‘demoted’. You could hardly tell that this was the same boy who had to be threatened with withdrawal from swimming school weeks earlier! Of course, Mr H ensured regular practice on top of the weekly lessons.

What an awesome present 3 months before his actual birthday!

It coincided with a movie treat to catch Disney Planes.

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Swimming progress

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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.