Awww! Look at their happy faces!
The swimming lessons are coming to the end of the first term - in fact I have just paid for the next lot - and it was award time for the children who have met the requirements for Stage 1 and Stage 2 ASA Swimming Awards.
My boys haven't been swimming long enough or often enough to have earned those awards just yet. But they have earned the earlier awards! Tom has been awarded the Grade 2 Ducklings Badge and Jack managed to get Grade 3!
I'm really pleased for them, aside form it being nice that they have been awarded something I thought they were going to miss out on (Swimny Crickets classes, where they would normally have earned these, clash with school), it's also giving them some encouragement to keep up with the lessons. Jack loves to be given any kind of award at all - and stage 3 of 5 is a great boost to his ego as a first award. I think if either of them was likely to pack it in if they had gone without an award it would have been Tom so I'm thrilled that he got a Grade 2 so I can say to him that he's already good enough to have skipped Grade 1!
Duckling Grade 21. Make a sitting entry with adult support
2. Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres
3. Using a baby seat or other buoyancy aid, rotate through 180degrees without assistance
4. Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without assistance
5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without assistance
6. Submerge the face with confidence
Duckling Grade 31. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support
2. Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float)
3. Blow bubbles with the mouth underwater
4. Float on front OR back without adult support
5. Travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool
6. Show a torpedo shape on front or back when pushed to a partner
(More on Ducklings)
I have promised them personalised swim towels to have their badges stitched onto and keep, something they can look forward to in the New Year!
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