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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mum, I love going underwater, it’s my favorite thing…


Can you imagine a better thing to hear? This was Oliver after his swimming lesson - where we’ve had a big breakthrough in the last two weeks. Head is under the water, flippers on, arms flailing. Such a difference from the beginning of the summer - incredible. Seems all the lessons, days at the lily pond - oh and maybe falling off the dock without a life jacket - actually are paying off! Needless to say Lola is keeping right up with him and is a little fish already!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Deep Dive


Why are they looking so pensive in this shot? Well might you ask. This was the day Oliver decided to go for a swim off the dock.
He had been all set to take the dingy, with Loring and Steven out to the lobster boat. Standing between the two of them, by the edge of the dock, Oliver tripped and went head-first into the water.

I didn’t even see exactly what happened, I was coming down the gangplank with Cerentha and Lola, so it all felt a bit surreal. All I saw was Oliver standing on the dock dripping wet and Steven and Loring still in the water. The two of them had dived in immediately after Oliver fell, Loring getting under Oliver and pushing him up into Steven’s arms. Whole thing must have lasted a total of 4 seconds. Terrifying.

Oliver however although a little shocked, didn’t quite realize the danger he’d been in. Afterwards on the boat he said, with much bravado, “I wanted to go under water because I was hot. So… that’s why…”
Yeah right!

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Water Baby


Lolie in her first lesson with coach Sid. She needed me to come in the water with her, but once she got used to it she was a natural.

Taking her together with her brother though - well let’s just say I’ve had mixed results.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Swimming Lesson 1


So check out Oliver swimming with coach Sid - or beginning to learn anyway with lesson number one. My boy’s problem, if you can call it that, is that his confidence is greater than his ability - hence the lessons. The coach said he’s a “bit wild”. Jesus. God help us all.

I’d strongly recommend this place LA Surf & Swim, based on what I’ve seen so far. Coach is very patient and I like the one-on-one tuition. Bit of a funky pool set up - above ground squeezed into someone’s backyard. Very Venice, I liked it. And don’t you just dig that hat?!

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