Lissa is nearing conclusion of her swim lesson sessions and today the instructor did evaluations. It is very possible that if Lissa was continuing to the next session that she would move up a level. She started in September and can now swim the length of the pool doing the crawl. The rhythmic breathing is not perfect but it is pretty darn good. She can float. She can go the length of the pool with both backstrokes. She has the arms and the kick for breast stroke but they have not combined them as yet. Oh and she can do a lovely dive from a kneeling position. I was really impressed as this is a child who could really only swim underwater and dog paddle above water when we started. Her strokes are fluid and so pretty to watch.
All my kids swim but by far, she has a natural grace for it. Chet always flailed about and only looks calm in the water when he has burned off sufficient energy to stop treating the water as his adversary. Rob swims well but with a grim athleticism. He has never enjoyed water and did it only because I required it and it showed. KC swims with a bit of timidity. He is graceful but he hasn't got the stamina and fears that. Lissa though. She really drew everyone's attention in the pool today.
I know they would like her to go up a level but she gets so cold after class that we are skipping winter sessions and may return in the spring.