The children this week seem more comfortable in the water. They are also fearless. We have had to talk with them about daring and/or making fun of the children that do not want to jump off the diving boards. The first day we opened the boards to the kids, I had to make three rescues. I am just glad that they decided to try something like that where they were "safe".
We again have 35 children. This week, the division of classes ended up with a Level 1 class, a Level 2 class, a Level 2/3 class, and a Level 3 class. This week we tried dividing the children up between ages and sex.
I have a class of Level 3 older boys. They really don't want to swim better - they just want to swim fast. I can't seem to get them to stop racing each other. They don't want to hear that they have to learn to swim slow before they can swim fast. It does surprise me though that when others aren't looking the older ones do want the one on one attention.
We are also very lucky this week to have many volunteers helping with the classes. This really helps since we are short one instructor this week thus making the classes larger than I would prefer to have.
The children were excited when I told them that today was "breakthrough Wednesday". They didn't understand until we got into the water and then they understood that everything that they were learning was truly coming together. Tomorrow the older boys will tackle Butterfly.....................................