Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer Swim Lessons

Earlier this summer, I spent some time searching online for what might be the best option for swimming lessons in the area for my children. We have done swimming lessons many times at the rec center in the past with minimal swimming skills to show for it. I think that my kids' short torso and long leg body type make swimming more challenging for them than what is typical.

In investigating other options for lessons beyond rec center lessons, I came up against the problems of high prices and schedules that wouldn't match up with our summer travel plans. I felt at a loss as to what to do, but I prayed about it.

As I read my cousin Kristin's Facebook profile, I noticed that she wrote down swimming as one of her interests. I asked her if she would be interested in teaching my kids to swim, but she instead recommended her friend, Juliana, a woman new to our church who is a certified lifeguard. When I asked Juliana about the lesson idea, she immediately expressed interest and told me that we could have the lessons at her apartment complex pool!

The children have now had several swim lessons with Juliana and have made much progress. They tell me that she is the best teacher that they have had. I appreciate that she has a well-thought out plan, praises what they are doing well as she teaches, and comes up with fun activities to incorporate the skills that they are learning. I am thankful to God for sending us to Juliana in answer to prayer! We have enjoyed spending time with her and getting to know her.





My low-body-fat children need frequent warm-up breaks!



While the pool looks cool and inviting to me, I spend most of my time at or in the hot tub during the lessons, supervising the children who need to warm up and watching Logan, who prefers the "hot pool" to the "cold pool."


Julie said...

private swim lessons - how cool! i'm glad it worked out so well for you. =)

Jackie said...

that is very cool. i love that God is faithful and concerned even about the seemingly small stuff.

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

I am so glad that God answered your prayers!!! He does care about the "little" things. I hope it continues to go well.

KathyJo said...

Ask her if she'd like to come vacation in IL for a few weeks. :)

Great pics. Your kiddos are adorable.

Meliss said...

You just missed her, Kathy Jo! I know she visited Chicago recently. :)

Have your kids run the swimming lesson gauntlet?

Tammy said...

So fun to see your pictures of the kids growing up, having fun, and being adventerous! I have lots of memories of learning to swim - mostly good! : )