We had such a good time earlier this spring partnering with Goldfish Swim School that we are doing it again! (Thanks to Goldfish for asking us back!) If you want to read about our first experiences, click here, here and here.
Tess was in the Mini 1 class when we started with Goldfish in March, which is a parent participation class and the very first class that you can take at Goldfish, for ages 4-15 months. It was really her first experience in the water and from the time we started to the time we concluded our lessons, I could see a DRASTIC improvement in her hesitation of getting in the water. She screamed when we started and was sad to go when it ended!
This time around, I decided to have Tess take the Mini 3 class which is for 24-35 month olds who (you hope) are going to be OK not having mom or dad right next to them in a class, but still very early-learners in the swim department. I was slightly terrified that she would 100 percent not let me leave her side on the first class, but the instructors told us that it’s always easier for the kids if we just walk them in and then walk right out. Which is what I did.
And low and behold… zero crying! I can definitely tell how much she has grown up since we started our very first Goldfish lesson in March.
And let me tell you… this has been pure entertainment for me! I sit behind the glass wall with all of the other parents and watch as she follows the directions from Mr. Rick, her instructor. Can I just tell you all that every instructor that she (or my other two kids) have had at Goldfish have been PHENOMENAL! Patient, kind, supportive… you can’t ask much more from someone that is dealing with three-four kids IN THE WATER.
Mr. Rick has been SO good with Tess! He always makes sure that she sees me when she’s in the water with him, to reassure her that I’m right there. He’s a million times more calm than I could ever be with her in the water, so I’m super pleased.
Like all Goldfish classes, the lessons are very repetitive so kids adjust to the routine and know what to expect each class, which in turn makes them feel more comfortable in the water and with their instructor. And for the anal-retentive and routined person that I am, I love that! It also helps the instructors gauge how the kids are progressing. We’ve been in class for three weeks and already received a progress report!
We are so happy to be partnering with Goldfish again and it makes this mama’s heart much more at ease knowing I’ve got good people teaching and taking care of my kiddos in the water. To find your nearest Goldfish Swim School, click here!
PS. For some good entertainment, check my InstaStories on Mondays… Tess found the goggles at her lesson today and it was hysterical!