This is my entry into Sainsbury's School Games Blogger Competition #2013SSG
You might remember my fabulous swimming review for Turtle Tots Dorset and how it inspired our MerMOO range of wrapping paper and cards. Olive has enjoyed her lessons so much from the review level one to completing level 3, 4 and now half way through toddler one - as her confidence has grown so has mine. Although I still can't actually swim, I've never shy away from taking M&M swimming. But lately I have felt much more confident to enjoy the water rather than me clutching them tightly 1) in fear and 2) they are normally wearing arm bands I could do with an extra floatation device.
With the sun shining for most of July we had been enjoying lots of oustide water play already. Which is a great confidence booster for all of the children.
The first week of the holiday the Mother in Law and I took the 3 moo's to Romsey Rapids. The Rapids are perfect for play fun of all ages. The younger area with pirate ship and slide was so shallow even Olive could walk around it. This then fed into a larger pool with a small slide and a large bucket which tipped water onto those below. This then fed into another pool and the rapids channel. We had 2 non swimmers wearing armbands and 1 super savvy toddler trying to launch herself off the woggle and show her siblings how to underwater swim. On numerous occasions shouting at them "Moo ready dive" and only receiving bewildered glances in return. I was thankful for an extra pair of hands! It also meant that I was able to take one of the big ones at a time on the slide whilst the other played on the pirate ship with Olive and Nanny - without Nanny needing octopus arms!
I decided to book M&M onto an intensive swimming course for one week which they loved. They are doing the stage 2 in a few weeks time. At Ferndown leisure Centre - Moo made 2 little friends on his course who are doing stage 2 with M&M too which is lovely. Moo isn't convinced he wants to do weekly lessons after school - he's worried it will already affective his active social life ;) But I can confirm that all 3 children have been having excellent fun in the water and surely that's what sport is all about?