This year has been a year full of positive life changing experiences for our family. The one that sticks out the most was having our 5 year old, autistic, amazing daughter join the Baby Otters swimming classes. She could swim, but could not put her face in the water, and we really wanted her to feel absolutely comfortable in the water, due to the fact that we live in south Florida and we are pretty much surrounded by lakes, canals, pools, and ocean.
On our first day as the instructor started to put her face in the water a couple of times, for a few seconds, my daughter’s reaction was to run out of the pool screaming and came to me. Of course immediately I interfered and asked that they go a little easier on her. I just had a really hard time watching it. On our way home, my husband asked to do this alone with my daughter. He knows I tend to be overprotective, and that this would be something he’d like to try alone with her. As apprehensive as I was, I said OK.
The following week, our second swimming lesson came, and I of course was not there, but watched a clip from my husband’s camera that he had filmed while my daughter had her face in the water, and was absolutely proud as proud can be of herself.
My daughter is not only swimming with her face under the water, but also jumping in the deep end of the pool, and simply having a blast doing it.
All I can say is that having our child join the Baby Otters swimming classes has been an amazing experience. Their patience and passion absolutely blew my mind. They just know how to teach children how to swim! I absolutely, 100% recommend it!