I have red hair. Let’s just say the sun and I do not agree on many things. My memories of being a kid at the pool are dismal. They include:
- White, white, pasty white skin
- Tee shirt over swimsuit
- Fat legs (and other parts)
- Uval (probably the only sunscreen available back in the day — nasty!)
Appearances aside, I was a great swimmer. Year after year I was ahead of my age group in lessons at the local pool and eventually finished the life saving course — with a handful of older kids, including one of my brothers.
Without much going for me socially at the time, the pool was something of a reprieve. At recess, I was kind of a dud, but in the pool, I was a star. Even though I’m still highly averse to swimwear, there is nothing like diving into the deep end on a hot summer day.
My kids have all had extensive swimming lessons. A couple (so far) have been invited to join swim teams. Only my “baby,” Caleb, still has a few lessons to go to pass the Red Cross swimming course. And don’t forget that it’s very therapeutic for elderly folks as well.
The joy of swimming is the reason we’re saving for a backyard pool. Yes, we are going to have to figure out all the pool chemicals and supplies we need — we’re complete pool owner neophytes — but I’ve already got a list of must have pool accessories. A turbo twister slide is on the top of the list. I know my kids would love it — and I’ll bet I could even get grandpa out there a couple of times a week.
Anyone can learn to swim. Get your kids out in the pool and I’ll bet it will be a very positive, healthy experience.