It only took a year.
No seriously, a year.
I blame Ariel. Molly likes to do what she calls her mermaid swim. It involves NOT kicking, keeping her legs together like a tail, and diving down to the bottom of the pool.
A few weeks back Molly's swim coach switched out to one she's had before (Stacey) and she's awesome! She lets Molly do her mermaid swim AFTER she does a skill right. Today she was bound and determined Molly was going to pass this level and move onto the next. I swear the coach has come by AT LEAST 4 times before to do the test. Today was finally the day she did everything right in front of the person with ribbons.
Our Octopus level builds on the skills that our students have learned in the Jellyfish level. In this level we are concentrating on developing a strong and efficient kick to enable students to propel themselves through the water. The primary skills the student needs to master to move to the next level include:
• Being able to push off from the step or wall and kick for 10 feet in good body position
• Being able to float on their back unassisted for a count of 10
• Being able to swim unassisted, then roll to their back, and then return to their tummy and continue swimming
Molly has been able to do these skills for a while now, but never on a consistent basis. I credit Coach Stacey with getting her through these today because she KNEW Molly could do it, but focus was the issue when it came down to being tested on them.
Next up is Sea Turtle... time to incorporate those scoopers!
In our Sea Turtle level, our students will be adding arm strokes to their glide with kicks. The primary skills the student needs to master to move to the next level include:
• Being able to push off, start kicking and then add and consistently perform 4 arm strokes in good form
• Being able to push off and glide, then kick and roll to their back to get a breath and then return to their tummy