“Give Them A Fighting Chance”

We have chosen to give to our kids some sort of education in each country were we stayed. In Leukerbad we sent them to the Kindergarten at the Villa Champignon, in Bali to the Holistic Bilingual “Pelangi” school. In Australia we sent them to intensive swimming school at the Noosa Aquatic Centre. Manon went to the Flying Fish class and Zoé to the Goldfish class. The instructors were just great, singing, having fun, playing with plastic Doris and Nemos and teaching the kids the basics of swimming. They never focused on technique, just on movements in the water that would give them a fighting chance against drowning. It is not an exaggeration to say that the last 3 weeks, our kids spent 2-4 hours playing in the water every day. They love the water, they feel confident in it, I cannot imagine bringing them back to a place where they cannot go in the water whenever they want. I can also hardly imagine now an activity more suited for the development of the child than swimming. I knew that I loved to swim as a kid, but I discover now as a parent how important that element is to my children. Both Manon & Zoe can pick up objects that are 1m underwater. Zoé can stay about 10 second underwater. I hear in the background: are you pushing them to become swimmers? No, I just enjoy see them play and learn to dive, to float, to go underwater and I want to give them access to water, always.

Author: 2seventy

2seventy is not only about me being born in February 1970 but also about 270 degree view of my life in opposition to rounded 360 degree view.

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