Our first time at the home school swim session today. We’ve not been able to come before as under 8s need accompanying in the pool and I’m not able to do that (although I hope I’ll be well enough for the occasional swim!), but now he’s 8 here we are.
Buzz is his happiest in water, which is one of the best things about homeschooling, he gets to swim 3 or more times a week, sometimes for a few hours at a time.
We’ve been trying out Buzz with various clubs, something he couldn’t do when he was at school because he was always so exhausted and stressed after school. It’s been really helpful to give him the opportunity to be more physically active and for him to discover his interests. We started with quite a few clubs, Capeoira being one of them, at Grupo Muzenza.
Capeoira is a Brazilian art form of fight, dance, rhythm and movement, and is a lot of fun, but we didn’t continue with it as it was too late in the day for us to manage. I thoroughly recommend it though, particularly for kids who need to let off some steam.
If we achieve nothing through homeschooling other than to discover just how much Buzz loves swimming then it has still been worth it. I have never seen this boy as happy and as confident and as determined as when he is in the water. We really had no idea this would be the case, I signed him up for swimming simply because it is important for kids to learn. When he was little and had severe reflux and asthma, the water always aggravated both issues and often made him sick. It wasn’t that he disliked it, but it just wasn’t possible for him to spend time in water.
Now that those issues are 95% resolved he finally has the opportunity to learn to swim, and in a matter of weeks he has gone from being scared to have water on his face, to swimming two different strokes, swimming under water, doing somersaults and handstands in the water, jumping in forwards, backwards, being thrown in, you name it! He has earned himself four badges within two months at his swimming class at Ockpool, Ocklynge School (I can’t recommend them high enough).
We also joined the membership for the open air pool at the Eastbourne DGH (private health club). It is £25 per person for May to September, and is so worth it for us as we go a couple of times per week (weather permitting). Though I’m a wimp and will only brave the cool water if the sun is shining brightly and that annoying south coast wind is on ceasefire!
If anyone local fancies joining us let us know, it’s not much for us to bring guests.
We spent five days on the Isle of Wight in July at a campsite with not just one pool, but two pools! We spent hours and hours in those pools, all three of us. Perfect!
He is weaning himself off the need to hold his nose!