Another great group of children from the Seatack area of Virginia Beach. We have 35 children this week, 5 instructors, 1 assistant from the Princess Anne High School IB program, and 1 lifeguard.
The children are low level swimmers this week with only a couple of Level 3's. We did have to make one rescue yesterday - one of the kids from my class (who does have an armstroke) decided to try the diving board - she went off but then went into panic mode. I was in the deep end at the time so I rescued her. It was a heart retching moment. She sobbed for almost 20 minutes. I got her back into the deep end just to do some bobbing while holding on to the side of the pool. I pleaded with her not to let this discourage her and I pray that she comes back this morning.
The kids were slow to get dressed so I am having to take away 3 minutes of their free time today - a first for this summer. I am hoping that it doesn't happen again. Free time is SO important. The kids are very receptive to the games and the diving boards. Today is Breakthrough Wednesday and I am anxious to see what happens today.
Next year, I must get caps made to give to the children. So many of the girls have braids that are long and get in the way of swimming even with them tied back. I almost called Shaun yesterday to see if he had extra caps left over from the weekend. Next year.......................................This is still a learning process.