Swimming is one of the most important life skills for a child to learn. Mine have all been taught to swim from a young age, and three of them still attend weekly swimming lessons at our local pool. E is currently on stage three, and at 83% so I anticipate that she will be moving up a class relatively soon. H is now in the ASA stage 8/9 competitive swimming class, he has essentially completed the 'Learn to Swim' framework but enjoys his weekly lessons and so we have decided to continue them for fun & exercise as well as to help prepare him for next year's school swimming gala. L has 1:1 lessons with a private tutor during public swimming sessions and is working at a stage 6/7 level.
The children adore swimming and every time they go, they grow in confidence and ability. On our recent family holiday to Corsica they were in the pool & sea every single day, they would have happily just spent all day every day swimming - just as they did when we went to Paris and the South of France last August. We took our Speedo Sea Squad Spinning Dive Toys from SimplySwim.co.uk and the kids had great fun diving in to retrieve them, as you can see in this Go Pro footage from Life As Alice.
Our local authority offers free swimming for children under 16 during the Summer holidays, all you have to do is register with the local centre for a membership card. I signed four out of five of my kids up and collected their cards last week, as A will be 17 next week she unfortunately no longer qualifies. I'm unsure what areas of the UK are offering this, but a quick Google or call to your local swimming pool should tell you - it's definitely worth checking out as it's a great way to keep the kids busy and active during the six week break from school, and older ones can go with their friends.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for H & E (A, J & L finished last Friday) so we are very much looking forward to a nice long rest before starting their new school year in September. We're hoping to tick off lots of things on our Summer Bucket List during the holidays, having plenty of fun and making many lovely Summer memories.