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November 29, 2015 - family, Home education, parenting
Swimming

Today we decided to take the children swimming. I’d found out that a local pool had one of those giant inflatable obstacle courses which sounded like a lot of fun. I knew R would definitely enjoy it. So we headed out a bit after 11am with four very excited children.

Once we had changed, we all made our way to the beach pool and the kids played on the little slide. It’s a perfect size for small children, even little S can use it unaided. Then R spotted the giant inflatable, and dragged me off to go on with her.

 

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You had to leap on from the side of the pool, which was fun in itself. Trying to land safely on a slippery, wet bouncy castle, floating on top of a swimming pool, whilst trying not to fall off and to maintain some dignity was not easy. Then I had to make my way through the course whilst a life guard at the side of the pool threw water at me, and eventually climb a slippery ladder and slide down into the pool. 

It was fun, but I was quite conscious of the fact that I was slipping and sliding all over the place whilst in just my swimming costume with a large portion of my (very white) derrière on show!

R of course, thought it was fantastic and made me go on another 3 more times. She also managed to convince Daddy to have a go. 

E asked if he could have a go, but one of the safety rules stipulated that you had to be able to swim 25 metres unaided. So I said to him that once he was able to swim I would take him on, but that it might be a while as he would need practice. With that he ran off to grab a woggle (also known in our house as a noodle) and asked me to teach him to swim!

He held the woggle under his arms and swam about the pool kicking his legs, a grin like the Cheshire cat on his face. He was so proud of himself. 

Little S also showed off her skills, I pulled her around the pool as she held onto to a large float and kicked her legs. 

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S eating a sausage roll in the car after swimming

It was really lovely to see the children happy and wanting to learn to swim. E hasn’t shown any interest in wanting to swim for a long time.

After swimming we popped to the shops, and the girls chose some new slippers to keep their toes warm though the winter. E got a new football and I picked up some new trainers in the sale and Daddy, well Daddy went home empty handed! 

15 thoughts on “Swimming

granma

Granpa says he wants to come next time as it looks and sounds like such good fun!
I now have a piccie in my head of your ‘very white’ bottom stuck up in the air as you try to stay ahold of the floating bouncy castle, lol!
Both granpa & granma are very proud of E wanting to learn to swim & the effort he put in today. Of course we are proud of all the children, especially when they try new things or things that they haven’t been too keen on previously.
Maybe next time we can all go, although I would have to stay in with the little ones then perhaps we can go for lunch after?

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    Happyhandley

    the children would like you to come too 🙂

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      Alice

      Us too!!!

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Sarah Bailey

Oh wow this looks absolutely amazing what a fun looking inflatable as well.

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Cass@frugalfamily

This looks like so much fun.

I love these floats but hate children’s parties with them as they can be quite dangerous with loads of kids climbing on them and running about x x

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    Happyhandley

    It was all very organised, the worst bit was getting cold whilst queuing to get on.

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TheMadHouse

My boys love these flats. I am petrified of them after going to a party where one child nearly drown

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    Happyhandley

    It was supervised at all sides and only a few allowed on at a time. I was good fun but boy did I ache on Monday!

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Sonya Cisco

That looks like so much fun, will have to see if our local pool does something similar!

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Mums do travel

This sounds like brilliant fun – and it’s great that the inflatables have inspired a desire to learn to swim!

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Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

That inflatable looks incredible! And anything that motivates a child to learn to swim is good news.

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globalmouse

Wow, that’s amazing. My three would absolutely love to find this at our local swimming pool!! Brilliant.

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Kara

I used to love these as a child and didn;t realise we had any locally. Where is it?

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    Happyhandley

    Five rivers leisure in Salisbury. Runs 12-2 Saturday and Sunday

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Stephen

We used to have one of those huge floats at our local swimming pool, it was always so much fun running and jumping on it, trying not to get caught!

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