Finding His Inner Nemo
Our promise to Captain Awesome has always been that we would put him on a sports team as soon as we were settled. He has been dragged to soccer games, volleyball games, track meets, and swim meets from the time he was a newborn.....he was completely over the whole "spectator" experience.
After three moves in three years, we are finally settled.
We discussed it with him and decided on swim team. We are a very aquatics-oriented family, so it seemed to be the best fit for him.
Swim team starts in October, but he needs to be able to swim the length
of the pool in each of the four strokes in order to be on the team. He had swim lessons years ago, but sort of acquired his own technique over the years. For example, if I told him to swim Freestyle across the pool, he would just start flailing and propelling himself across the pool with no real pattern or form. I knew he could swim freestyle, as I had seen him do it often. When I asked him WTH he was doing, his reply was "Freestyle, just like you asked."
I was confused until one day he said he didn't realize the front crawl he was doing was called "Freestyle". He thought Freestyle meant just that....you are free to choose any style, as long as you make it across the pool.....make it up as you go, just like freestyle rap.
His other strokes were worse. He sort of made it up as he went along, and whenever either of his two lifeguard-brothers attempted to help, it turned into a play session.
So now my options were: (1) Disappoint him once again because he may not be ready by October, (2) Choose another sport, or (3) Sign him up for some Ridiculously Expensive Swim Lessons and hope he masters all four strokes by the time he completes his 20 lessons in October.
I chose Option 3.
The Ridiculously Expensive Swim Lessons started a few weeks ago, twenty minute lessons three days per week. After 11 lessons, he has mastered Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and is almost there with Butterfly. He can dive off the blocks, and is working on his flip turn. He entered a fun meet after the first four lessons, and placed second in his age group for both 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke. He hopes he can master the flip turn before the next fun meet so he can do the 50-yard events (in addition to the 25-yard events) in all four strokes.
I'm so impressed, and thrilled that he will be ready by October!
Oh, and his take on the whole thing?
"Yeah, I really don't like swimming."