No other sport in the world opens doors to Life Experiences like swimming does. How many Life Experience would you have missed out on had you not known how to swim?
Learning to Swim in The Dog Days of summer
My name is Carol Thienpont and I am the General Manager of SafeSplash Swim School locations in San Antonio, Texas. Since I have been a swim instructor for the past 20 years I wanted to make sure my new best friend, my “Bassador”, Ranger, knew how to swim. As I love being in and around the water, I would take Ranger to the lake a lot last summer. He wanted to be everywhere I was, so I wanted to make sure he knew how to doggie paddle. Although as a swim instructor I discourage the doggie paddle with children, I definitely encouraged Ranger to use it.
I have been a competitive swimmer since I was about 4 years old. Basically, swimming is in my blood and the life-skill of swimming is something that I deeply value. I am first time parent to an adorable baby boy who is almost 6 months old. Now that he is almost 6 months old I am ready to sign him up for a Parent-N-Me class. My excitement for him to get into the pool is off the charts! I mean…I cannot wait to see that little guy in the water! However, I have to admit that I am a little nervous. What if he doesn’t like it? What if he cries the whole class? What if the class time I picked is going to be when he is too sleepy and has a royal meltdown?
For those of you who don’t know what a “level 5” swimmer is, think flip turns, the butterfly, freestyle for a long way, breast stroke for a long way, good backstroke form…overall a pretty darn good swimmer. At age five, I think pretty impressive by any standard. Keaton certainly didn’t come into this earth a swimmer, like all kids or adults, depending on when you start, swimming is a life skill like any other sport. It takes time, dedication, great instruction and repetition to get good at it.
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