All of my children are water babies. Almost from the day they were born, they have been going in the water. They love it.
And none more so than Charlyse.
Charlyse was born in Singapore, a place that is hot and humid year round. Living in a large condo, we had access to a large swimming pool and we would take the kids swimming at least once a day. Charlyse was a few weeks old when she went in the pool for the first time. She seemed to enjoy it. It wasn’t until she was 3 months old that she had her first underwater experience. And this time she didn’t enjoy it. We didn’t let that discourage us though. We had been taught by the AustSwim instructor to try them under once a day, and then gradually move to twice a day, and so on. Before long, she was going underwater by herself.
In Australia, most of the population lives beside or near water, and many Australians have swimming pools or water features in their yard. Knowing we were always going to have a pool or waterway nearby, we made the choice to teach our children to swim from infancy. And now, all 4 of them are water babies and undertaking weekly swimming lessons. Charlyse, though, enjoys swimming the most. She will often come home from school and put on her swimmers, jump in the pool, and stay in there for at least an hour. She spends much of her time underwater, much like I did when I was a child. She can do freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly strokes, and her style is beautiful. By the end of this summer, she will most likely be swimming squad.
And you never know – one day she might be swimming for Australia. No pressure, of course.