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SANDY THE SWAN Meet The Aquatots Characters

Well hello little one, I am Sidney's Mum, Sandy the Swan and I am so very pleased you are joining me this term. Sidney tells me you love your swimming just like he does, so I know you shall really enjoy what's in store for Level 3.

I know your Mummy & Daddy are already very proud of you and they will be amazed what you are going to achieve this term.

Let me tell you a little bit more …

What we shall learn with Sandy in Level 3 of the Aquatots Programme The serious bits for Mums & Dads

Several new and rewarding skills are introduced at this level. This is where we start introducing the concept of establishing a basic swimming rhythm and a breathing pattern at the same time. Learning is further developed, as you and your baby are introduced to water safety skills that are invaluable to learn and build upon in higher swim levels. Even at this young age, most babies start to develop their very first basic arm stroke. Babies are now ready to enjoy a little more boisterous exercise, and the babies will learn to swim just a little further, aided by your slip stream as you both move through the water. Level 3, is a key level where the benefit of the previous levels starts to prepare our Aquatots for new swims in level 4 and beyond.

 

Now a little bit more about me and my family More about Sandy and Swans

I am a grown up Swan, you can see I am an adult by my beautiful white feathers. When I spread my wings fully, I can stretch to nearly 10 feet (3 metres) wingspan!! These big wings help me fly high in the sky all the way to my winter home in the sun. Did you know female swans are called a Pen and male swans are called a Cob. Do you think you can remember that? Sidney is just one of my babies this year. We started to make their big nest in March and we finished it before May. I laid 5 eggs this summer, so Sidney has 2 sisters and 2 brothers all growing up together. They will all stay with me and their Daddy until they are 1 year old, they will then fly off together with their friends to start their very own exciting adventures.

Sandy the Swan

Don't worry though, they won't be on their own, as baby swans stay together with their brothers and sisters looking after each other until they are about two years old. Do you have any brothers and sisters that help to look after you?

Now that you have mastered the first of your Aquatots skills I am going to help you become a little bit more graceful in the water just like me. Mummy or Daddy will help you to learn your very first swim rhythms, and how we come up to breathe in between swims. You will also start learning to paddle. I am lucky as Swans have extra strong legs and webbed feet to help us kick through the water. You will learn to paddle more like Dillon to begin with. We will start with using your arms to paddle, and then learn to kick so you can move even better through the water. Don’t forget to listen to “Paddle paddle paddle, Kick, kick, kick as you are learning to swim like a swan. Have lots of fun this term, now you are starting to get big. Next term you will meet Pepper, my friend who lives in the cold clear waters near the north and south poles. Pepper looks a little funny, but can dive under the water very well.