"Don't stop practicing once you get it right, keep practicing until you can't get it wrong."
I am beyond proud of my little guy.
8 days ago I brought him to the pool and told him we were
going to practice swimming without his vest on.
With hesitation he took it off and held on to me gulping water along the way.
Before we left I knew it would be a long road ahead but we would not be giving up.
My fears got in the way before and now he is nine learning to swim.
I should have done this years ago.
Every imaginable thought went through my head while being pretty rough on myself.
The time is now, this time we are going to do it.
No excuses, this is my commitment to him.
By day 3 he was practicing jumping in the pool
with his vest on but going under completely,
he came up and he wasn't choking on water.
he did that again.and.again.and.again.
Almost 20 min. jumping in and out diving with head complete submerged, never choking once.
Huge for William, he is going under water and knows now
not to suck the water in!
By the end of this session he realized that he could touch on the bottom of the pool.
Now that he had the ability to touch and try to swim on his own he began trying and he was doing it. Baby steps but he was getting the hang of it AND it was only the third day!
Sunday as we swam he was jumping into the pool and swimming to the edge without a vest. He also knows that if he gets tired he can put his feet down and touch which is so important since there are many drownings in shallow waters.
Words cannot express how proud I am of him and his determination.
I am eager to see what the next couple of weeks bring as
he gets stronger and braver in the water.