Tonight was Ella's first swimming lesson! I signed her up for a Tuesday and Thursday evening class for the month of June, and we were very excited for her first class. It's a parent/tot class, and there were a bunch of us in there, at least 8 kids or so, plus parents.
It was of course pretty basic stuff, mostly getting comfortable in the water. They splashed and kicked and were supposed to blow bubbles (which Ella is not interested in and refused to close her mouth when she was in the water!), but she did get into the kicking and some splashing. We also worked on getting in and out of the pool, the idea being that they have some restraint in getting in (like sit nicely on the edge and slide in) and then pulling themselves out, which she is too little for but can do it with our help. Hands down, Ella's favorite part of the class was throwing a ball and I had to swim after and get it, or me throwing the ball and Steve had to swim after it.
Here's a little video of Steve and Ella in the water before the class started.
It was a lot of fun and I'm already looking forward to Thursday's class!