We started Blake in March, a couple weeks before spring break, for a 10 week session (but it did end up taking us about 12 – 13 weeks to complete since we had some interruptions with holidays and family commitments). The classes at the beginning stages are only 30 minutes which was key for Blake and her limited attention span. The 3:1 (kid to teacher) ratio was another plus, especially since the majority of the time it was a 2:1 ratio. Another key was her instructor Abdul. Since our experience was only with him, I can’t speak for all the other instructors but he was truly incredible.
In those first couple classes he made Blake feel really comfortable and safe. More than that, he made the entire experience really fun. Having the same instructor throughout the entire process also allowed for him to gauge her progress and development along the way. She looked forward to swimming with Abdul and always left with a big smile on her face.
Our littlest lady went from being totally apprehensive about getting in the water on her own to confidently blowing bubbles and sticking her face in the water. She went from flailing her arms and legs to learning to properly kit and get a general idea of a freestyle stroke (still some work to do there). She can also float on her back without support and has learned to flip to her back in case she isn’t able to swim. I won’t bore you with every step of her development but I will say that we would not be enjoying summer as much as we are now if it hadn’t been for our Bear Paddle lessons.
Blake can now swim on her own with a back float (these are super clutch and I highly recommend them for kids learning to swim). This has made our days at the pool much less stressful and allowed her to explore more and be free to go make friends in the pool. She’s no longer totally reliant on us to have fun at pool. A HUGE plus in our book.
She’s getting a ton of practice right now at the pool but I am already looking into starting up lessons again in the fall/winter so we can continue to build on our progress and ensure she is swimming without a float next summer.