Swimming is an activity loved much by almost everybody. It can be both useful and recreational. Known to humans, swimming’s main purpose is for bathing, to perform fishing, as an exercise, a recreation and as a sport. Like most children, my son and daughter always get wildly elated whenever the idea of swimming comes up. They both love being in the water and becomes blissfully delighted the moment they are in it but gets petrified at the thought of drowning.
About a year ago, my kids look like this when we go swimming:
They are apprehensively mistrustful, terrified when they realized that their Dad or I, were far enough and out of reach, cheerful yet clingy, panic-stricken even in a two-feet deep Jacuzzi or baby pool. At times, during outings, when they need to play with other water-loving kids, my children will only get confident if a giant life jacket is wrapped around their bodies regardless if its making them uncomfortable.
My dear Husband and I decided to get them into swimming lessons whenever we got the chance as long as it will not interfere with their schooling. In accordance to our hopes, a childhood friend of mine, Gracela Cucharo who I fondly call as Ate Tata, whose two daughters Nicole and Thea, were elite swimmers and has been competing in various local and regional swimming races invited me for a swimming lesson. It was the second week of January2012 when my son, Wine and daughter, Water together with two of their cousins Sugar and Creamo first got their formal swimming lessons. I never regret the decision to accept Ate Tata’s invitation and enrolled my children to this swimming lesson and the very same day my children and I met Coaches Renan David and Reymond Cabali who serve as good influences to my children and other swimmers in just a short span of time since they have been working together as a team.
At first, we were only looking at a ten-session swimming clinic and an extension only if the parents feel that their children needed more coaching. Before we knew it, the kids become more than just interested on learning how to swim but started to become passionately dedicated to swimming as a sport. They started to look forward to competing and mastering swimming strokes. They abide to their coaches for support, approval, admiration and command. For two months from the start, they only have weekend schedule for swimming lessons but as they got more attachment to other swimmers and develops the feeling of belongingness to a newly built swimming team, they seem to become more eager to be in the pool training. The kids get so excited when the coaches suggested to have the training schedules frequent by making it a two-hour training four times a week provided that swimmers will not abandon schooling and a decrease in their school grades just doesn’t mean an equal punishment but they will be out of the team as well. Surprisingly, just like good athletes, my children put up with this kind of disciplinary action in a very positive manner. What can parents do?—Nothing, except to give good moral support, encouragement and the warmth of tender loving care not to mention provide the specifically individual coach fees and expensive training equipment like kick boards, fins, paddles and such. Let’s face it, SWIMMING is a very expensive and sophisticated sport specially to a middle-class family like us.
Barely four months on training, this is how my Wine and Water looks like now when they are in the swimming pool:
Water on a 25-meter freestyle drill
Wine on a 25-meter freestyle drill
Pardon the poor video quality. Moms are technically not allowed to stay and hangout by the poolside while training session is going on and it is the best of what a small digital camera can do. This video is recorded by my cousin Malou, Sugar and Creamo’s mom. Thanks a lot for this video my dear Ate Malou!
I know that to call my children Olympic Swimmers is like reaching for a star in the sky at night, it’s very far and a long way to go. According to a 14-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”…so yeah, I AM RAISING FUTURE OLYMPIC SWIMMERS! If my kids’ dreams are as big as the stars in the sky if they can be laid in your hands then so be it. I will dream their dreams for there is no limit on getting to where they wanna be- Gold Medal it is. This doesn’t just go for me alone but also to my fellow parents of Tagum City Stingray Swimming Team. If my kids’ swimming team thinks that training is winning, then every training session is a lap ahead towards our way to the Olympics.
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