Luca was also less than thrilled with ISR when he first started two years ago. But, last year, something clicked. And - we had a new instructor, who made all the difference. Miss Susan is amazing. Great with the kids and a wonderful instructor. I feel lucky that she's around to teach the boys how to get comfortable in the water.
Luca took his ISR "winter clothes" test last week...
Entering the pool in full winter(ish) garb.
Miss Susan getting ready to let him go.
She's not actually touching him here, just waving her hands under his head as a non-verbal cue.
Heading towards the wall while getting in some breaths.
Jumping in to "float, swim, float".
He swam and then turned into his float.
Swimming under water, heading towards the wall.
Back into the starfish float to get some breaths, before flipping over again and swimming to the wall.
Now that he's "passed" for the season, we'll take him back every so often to Miss Susan so that he doesn't lose the good form he seems to show only her! He has a tendency to shift out of ISR mode when we're in the water with him, resisting our requests to "show us your starfish float", which we know he's more than capable of. Susan's suggestion is to have him start any water with a ten-second starfish and end it that way, too. We'll see.