Oh I can’t help but smile and be proud when I watch this video. This summer will be the third summer P has been water safe thanks to the ISR classes. By the end of last summer she was a happy camper in the pool and the ocean. She actually swam quite a bit when we were in Florida.
We started this summer on a bit of a rough patch. I fully expected P to be excited to get back in the water. The first day we got in the pool she had a rough time. She didn’t float or swim she sort of sank to the bottom like a leaf. Her body has grown tremendously over the past year which made her feel off balance in the pool….this is how ISR instructors explain it. I called our ISR instructor Katie as soon as I got out of the pool to schedule a refresher.
The following day P wanted to get back in the pool. It surprised me. Since she wanted it I thought it was a good idea to conquer the fear, if there was any, head on. It was better. Much better. She swam and the float was a little lopsided. But, bottom line I knew she would be safe if she fell in the pool.
We saw Katie and did a week refresher. She was fine and all was good. The weather’s been unseasonably cold. It’s been about a month or so since we were in the pool last. The first three days she was crying and didn’t want to be in the pool. This was odd. Then I realized she saw a friend, who can’t swim, fall in the pool over the weekend. This friend is older. She said she couldn’t swim because her friend I and D couldn’t swim so she couldn’t either! Amazing how the mind processes these things!
We had two days of talks about how she can swim. Even though other older kids can’t she can. She is a leader not a follower. I showed her pictures of her swimming from the year before. We got in the pool. She swam and floated just fine but she was not comfortable. The second day she called to me while in a float. I explained to her that her survival in the pool did not depend on me, it depended on her. This was the perfect scenario for her to do it “by herself”…one of her favorite new lines. I could see the wheels start turning.
Day three. I told her it was time to go in the pool. She started crying. She cried for Pappa because “he doesn’t make her do as much stuff”. I asked her if she wanted to take her new bath baby in the pool with her. Just like that she got up, got her doll and ran into the pool. She was happy. Of her own choice she wanted to swim from the steps to me and back. She wanted to do the float. She was a different girl. She was confident and knew it.
Today her confidence was back. She actually got in the pool before us. She swam and swam and swam for about 40 minutes. As you can see from the video she’s happy, confident and swimming like my little dolphin. My husband and I agreed the best money we’ve ever spent has been on the ISR classes. $1100 over three summers is well worth knowing my daughter is safe in the water.