One of the criteria for the swimming facilty is to earn a colorful wrist ban/ribbon which allows certain pool access. For example,
- RED- within arms reach of a parent
- BLUE- in the children's area alone (approx 3-4ft) or river& slide w/parent
- YELLOW-in the children's area, river, slide, recreational pool
- GREEN- All access,such as lap pool & diving area
In order to earn a yellow ribbon, you must jump in and swim halfway down the lap pool (approx 8ft deep) without touching the sides. Even though some of our swimming skills were a little rusty, that didn't deter our children from trying.
I was so blessed to see the determination of our 9 year old son to earn a yellow ribbon. He hasn't had formal swimming lessons, but he's been very comfortable in the water ever since Marlon helped him wade around and dunked him a few times at 1 year old.
After 4 attempts of trying to swim at the YMCA, stomach down, to reach that halfway point, Maxwell finally decided to ask the lifeguard if he could pass the test by swimming on his back. Amazingly, he was allowed to do this and passed the test with pure ease. I was so impressed that he was willing to try an unconventional means to meet his goal which resulted in success and a healthy dose of confidence.
Now, a few weeks later, our son has taken a 2 week summer swim class (see video) and can not only swim face forward down the lap pool, but he's earned his "green" ribbon and made it all the way to the end!
-Cherish the simplicites in life, (even the unconventional ones.)