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SIDNEY THE CYGNET Meet The Aquatots Characters

Hi there little swimmer, my name is Sidney the Cygnet (that's a baby swan if you didn't know) and it's lovely to meet you. Did you have fun with my cousin Dillon in Level 1? I do hope so and I hope you have been practising so we can really get going with a splash this term. Like you I am still very young so will be taking baby steps to keep things easy for us to learn together.

Let me tell you a little bit more …

What we shall learn with Sidney in Level 2 of the Aquatots Programme The serious bits for Mums & Dads

In this level, many new and exciting skills are introduced, as the teacher builds upon the introductory experience of Level 1 babies. For instance the volunteer swim where baby learns to take a breath before swimming. Baby gradually becomes more comfortable with single handed swims and swims more frequently than in the introductory level. Back floats are introduced which are very relaxing and fun, and also of great importance for future levels, eventually leading into early back stroke. New Water safety skills such as Swim & Hold on that encourages baby to hold on to somebody or something upon surfacing from a swim are also practiced.


Now a little bit more about me and my family More about Sidney and Cygnets

Well I am a baby swan although you might not believe that to look at me. When I am young I have grey fluffy feathers and some people call me the "Ugly Duckling" because I still look a little like my cousin Dillon the duckling, all fluffy and brown. When I grow up, I know I shall become a beautiful swan like my Mummy & Daddy. I think it's great that you are my swim buddy, learning to swim along with me. I am very lucky, just 1 or 2 days after I hatch from my egg, my Mummy takes me for my very first swim and like you, I need to learn to do lots of kicking to move around my lake.

Do you like piggy back in your lessons? I do too, I love it when my Mummy and Daddy take me for a ride on their backs.

I like to eat lots of insects, crabs & barnacles, to help me grow big and strong. When I am all grown up I shall eat mostly plants (a bit like those vegetables mummy & daddy will get you to eat later on). Growing up happens quite quickly for me and by the time I am just 10 weeks old I shall be halfway to adult size. I have to wait for my lovely white feathers though as they don't come until my second year. I get to travel quite a bit too as I am not too keen on the cold, so whilst you spend time learning to walk, I shall be learning to fly.

I hope I can learn quick enough as when the cold weather comes in winter, I will need to fly south to our winter home where it is warmer. I will be making a similar journey that Dillon told you about last term. You will get to meet my Mummy Sandy in Level 3 and I know you will love sharing lessons with me as she is a very good teacher.