In these first few pictures the kids have a floating device around their waist. It helps them stay up out of the water long enough to try to paddle and kick. Caleb does pretty well with this, but he's used to swimming around with a life jacket on, so really it's not that new to him.
I just love these where his face is submerged. He used to be so scared (just a month ago) and now he doesn't even think about it anymore.
I just love the little smirk he has on his face. Makes me wonder what he's up to. Hee hee...
In these next three photos, the kids are gathering toys that float beneath the surface. He's gotten pretty good at going under and coming back up with a prize. Here you can see a yellow/orange ring in his hands.
Here he's under......
And back up with more toys....
This learning experience pushed Caleb a bit outside of his comfort zone. I used a feature on my camera so that I could take pictures quickly, one after the other. If you look closely you can see he's slowly going under the water...the idea is that they go under further than when their feet are on the bottom of the pool. The instructor keeps her hands on them and sorta pushes them deeper so they can grab the floating toys. Well, Caleb was nervous so she held him and they went down together. I don't have a picture of it, but even with his nervousness he came back up with three of the toys that were down there. Yeah Caleb!
Here they put on life jackets and were in the deep end of the pool.
Caleb's a pro - - floating around with the life jacket.
I would be safe is saying that the big slide is one of his least favorite things the instructor makes him do. He's doing it, but he's not a big fan of the experience. The first times he went down you could hear his feet squeaking along the sides of the tube. As you can see, he's gotten past that and is flying out the bottom of the tube this time!
It's fun when they let you go across the lily pads...Here he's climbing up.
Crossing over from #2 to #3 lily pad.
Moving from #3 to #4 lily pad.
Which brings us to the end, sliding off the lily pad back into the pool. This was the tail end of lessons yesterday so they let the kids just have a little fun for a few minutes.
I'm so proud of my little man. He's learned so much in such a short amount of time. He's still very intimidated with the things that push him outside his comfort zone, but he's getting there. I'm looking forward to next week to see how much further he'll get in this process before swimming lesson season is over.