THEY ARE TERRIFIED!!!!
Don't get me wrong they absolutely LOVE playing in the pool/water, but when I try to actually teach them to swim they scream bloody murder. When my son (5) was just 3 years old fell into the deep end of my dad and his wife's pool (I was NOT there) and it was my sisters birthday party so there were a lot of people there and it shouldn't have happened. THANKFULLY!!!!!!!!!!! my sister and some of her friends were in the shallow end and this is how she told me it happened--- There were a lot of pool toys in the pool and she just happened to look in the deep end and a pool toy moved and she saw my son bobbing his head trying to stay up (I am getting upset telling this because I can only imagine how he was feeling and that he was actually able to keep him self up kind of... what if he just sank...) so she rushed over to him and she said he threw up a bunch of water, which I believe he was exhaling the water makes sense? Anyway she said he cried for awhile, but then was fine and actually got his bathing suit on and went back in.
Since then he will not let me hold him in any body of water. My younger son who is 3 does the same thing and I think it is just because he sees how his brother reacts and thinks it is scary. He will glady go into the the same pool shallow end by himself, but as soon as someone tries to hold him he gets scared. He will even go into the deep end on a raft! A lot of people say just throw him in he will learn how to swim, but I think that is cruel and especially what he has been through I would NEVER do that. And yes he does remember falling into the pool. I have thought about swim lessons, but they can be expensive and I don't want to waste the money if he isn't going to let me hold him and help him. I bought him the little arm floaties and just yesterday was trying to get him to learn how to swim, but he just clings to me and won't let me go. I tried to explain to him that I LOVE him and would never do anything to hurt him....
I think it is very important to know how to swim... and I don't remember NOT knowing how to swim. Any advice???