Back in February we started the girls in swimming lessons. They went once a week for 30 minutes. I'm pretty sure at least one of them screamed, cried or pitched a fit from February all the way through to June each week when we would go to lessons. But Keith and I decided that swimming was a life lesson and so we stuck it out. In July we put them in a week long class in hopes of helping to push them a little more to overcome their tentativeness. We were so relieved when both girls made great progress by the end of the week.
Ava went from refusing to put her head in the water or float to being able to float on her own and doggie paddling all over the pool.
Carli no only decided the floating was not as hard as she thought it was in her head but she decided she'd put her face in the water and went from doggie paddling to learning to do a stroke.
We have lots of video from the last five months of the progress the girls have made, but I think the smile on Ava's face after the completion of their week long lesson is proof enough that perseverance on all our parts paid off!