Let's Swim!

The weather has been so bad here in the UK the past weeks.  Where we live, we are lucky not to be affected with flooding, I feel a bit guilty about saying this though, especially when we watch the news and see how others are affected by it.  I just hope that this bad weather will end soon!  At the moment, little T and I have the most terrible cold and our noses are clogged.  With the awful weather and terrible cold, it’s difficult to have any fun outside.  So for this week’s #CountryKids post, it’s going to be an indoor fun activity – swim class!

Little T and F have been going to swim class together.  For those who are not familiar with F, he is my daughter’s best-friend-in-the-world and in my daughter’s words – forever!

There they are… as always – holding hands.

She’s always loved the water, especially the sea, even when she was a baby/toddler and liked the pool too.  But her first day in swim-class was a bit of a challenge.  My husband said she cried the WHOLE time and refused to go the next lesson.  F on the other hand, used to go to a different swim class, but thankfully his parents decided to transfer him to little T’s class, not really knowing that they were enrolling him in the same class little T was in – a happy coincidence!  And of course, this made a huge difference.  T would now look forward to her swim lessons and has since then, never whinged or cried  ever again.  As you can see from the photos, now she can swim with confidence (though with arm-bands).

She went home one day and proudly held up her assessment form to me to see:

Sorry if the paper is crumpled.  My husband must have stuffed it in her bag.

Does your little ones go to swim class?

Do they love it too?

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.

Have a lovely and hopefully dry weekend everyone!


  1. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I think swimming is such an important thing for kids to do – learning confidence and safety in the water. All three of mine can swim: 7yo will soon have better stroke technique than me, the 4yo can swim with a deflated flotation aid (for comfort now, it provides no support!) and the 22mo can swim with ‘bubble’ (like armbands, but on her back!). I love watching the enjoyment they all get out of it! I’m glad that T is getting more confident in the water – so much fun to be had 🙂 #CountryKids

    • Wow, your kids are good swimmers! Yes, I’m glad little T has finally found her confidence 🙂

  2. Coombemill - Fiona

    Swimming is an important life skill to have and particularly as we live so near to the coast. It looks like little T is doing well and has great confidence in the water and it’s so nice that she can share it with such a sweet friend. Thanks for linking up and sharing her splashing time with Country Kids.

    • Yes! You’re right and when summer comes, she and little F will be able to splash in the sea. So looking forward to that! 🙂

  3. littlemissmum

    It’s great to go swimming. We love it and it’s getting more fun the older Little Miss gets. We will probably start lessons when she turns 3.

  4. Mummy to boyz

    Our boys love swimming too, I used to take O as a baby but he got bored of the lessons but excelled once we took him just for fun. #CountryKids

    • At first I thought that would be the case with my T. But ever since her best friend joined her, she’s really enjoying her swim class now. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. Rachael (Mushroomsmum)

    Great post! Mushroom and I used to go to a sort of swim class for toddlers (not lessons) but then our usual pool closed and we didn’t go to the alternative for a while… We have just started going again and he does like the water but some days he seems terrified of it (I haven’t worked out the difference yet but he has a lot of fears at the moment). I’m signing him up for lessons before he turns 3 (soon!) and has to go in by himself, which might put him off as I think swimming is such an important skill and I myself can’t really remember not being able to swim and love the water so would like the same for him!

    • Is your son’s name really Mushroom? I love the name! My nephew’s nickname is also Mushroom and I call him Mushy 🙂 Anyway, does he have a friend he can go with? It really helps when there’s someone they know. I think one of the reasons why she also freaked out on the first day was that we weren’t allowed to go with her too. There’s a classroom where parents can watch and wave. With her best-friend though, she’s always excited to go. Good luck with his first swim class, hope it goes well and thanks for following Little Steps. Lovely to meet new people 🙂

      • Rachael (Mushroomsmum)

        Mushroom is his nickname! Just like your nephew 🙂 Hi real name is quite unusual so we (Mr B and I) agreed not to use it online until he’s old enough to decide for himself whether he minds (I cant imagine he’ll be happy with his mates being able to google his potty training efforts when he’s older!). He did used to go swimming with a friend but he moved away and goes somewhere else now. Hopefully he’ll make new friends though! It’s starting to look like we won’t make it before he turns three but I’m going to see if they’ll let me put him in the lower classes for a couple of lessons first anyway. Wish me luck!

        • I’m sure he’ll be fine and that he’ll meet and make new friends right away! 🙂 Good luck!

  6. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    All of our kids learned to swim from the start. My parents have a pool and from an early age they offered to pay for swim lessons for the grand kids so that they were comfortable with the kids around the pool. My sisters kids along with Mr. T have grown up swimming and just love it! We go play in the pools of all of our friends, and play in the lake all summer long! I’m glad that little T is liking it and how awesome that her BFF is now in the same class!

    • Yes, I’m really glad she loves swimming now though she’s always loved the water! I would love to have grown-up with a swimming pool though, that must have been really nice. Not a good idea here in England though, unless it’s an indoor one and heated! 🙂

      • Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

        yeah, I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have a pool over there! Now, here in Texas, my friends have had pool parties as early as March, so it’s a totally different story!

  7. Aww – I hope they are best friends for ever ever ever, they look so sweet together!

    • I hope so too! I dread the day when they discover the “I hate girls/boys” stage 🙁

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