Every Wednesday morning since the beginning of the school year, my wife has taken my youngest daughter to swim class. It's something I've never been involved with because usually on Wednesday morning I'm at school.
This week, though (and for the first time ever actually), Thanksgiving break for me was Wednesday through Sunday.
That meant I was available to see what swim class looks like for a 2-and-a-half-year-old.
It's a 'Mommy and Me' class…and part of the instruction, I believe, is for the parent to know how to handle their child in the water.
So I don't think the possibility existed for me to actually take her into the water.
But I didn't really want to do that anyway.
My wife did the class, as usual, and I sat in the viewing area with my other two daughters.
It's a great place - it's called 'Little Flippers Swim School', and I think we first discovered it through some birthday parties we attended there.
The pool is 4-feet-6-inches at its deepest point - my daughter's class takes place in the 3' 9'' end. My wife likes the water - she says it's warm.
The pool is closed off by a glass window, so the other two girls and I could sit in the seating area watching the class. It's a great set-up - there are all these chairs and there's a little play area and there's a TV for the kids.
I got to see my daughter do a back float, jump into the water, put her head under, and do other things with little toys that from my vantage point I'm not really sure I could figure out what she was doing.
I like seeing my youngest daughter getting comfortable with the water. My oldest two didn't really start getting into a pool and learning how to swim until this past summer.
Now I feel like they can all enjoy a pool if we were to go somewhere where they could swim….or they could hold their own if there were some kind of water emergency.
I don't think any of them will be winning any Olympic competitions anytime soon. (Especially my youngest: she cries when she has to jump in the water. So once we get past that maybe we can talk Olympics. Or maybe we can get an accommodation where she doesn't have to jump in and can just start the races from the wall.)
But I would guess even Missy Franklin started in a class like this…so you never know.