Ethan’s swimming journey has been quite a long one. We have been taking him to swimming regularly since he was two years old. This has been with mother and baby lessons, and then moving him on to a special needs swimming club. He has also had lessons at school and little by little he has started to swim independently without armbands or woggles. In June last year Ethan proved that he could swim a width of the pool and was awarded his 10 metre certificate. Before Christmas he added even more to his swimming achievements. Ethan gained a certificate for swimming 50 metres.
I am so proud of our little superstar. He has come so far but Ethan’s swimming independently is very different to children of the same age. Ethan still needs support in the water. I wouldn’t let Ethan swim in a swimming pool on his own. He will quite happily jump in and swim to the side of the pool. To swim in any direction or with purpose he needs to be guided. He can be distracted so easily which means he is always given a support swimmer when he is in the pool. Sometimes being too distracted can get him into trouble in the water. Hopefully this is something that we can work on.
I would love for him to be able to compete as he has always loved the water but he needs to gain a lot of understanding. As long as Ethan is having fun in the water and is safe I am happy. It’s amazing to think how far Ethan has come with his swimming. There was a time that I did wonder if he would always need armbands to support him. Swimming is a very big part of Ethan’s life and I hope he continues to grow and learn new things with the skill that he loves.