Hi there, my name is Sparky the Seal and I have been hearing so much about you. Cracker tells me you have been working hard and also being very good in lessons obeying Cracker's rules.
It's a very exciting time in my Level as I am such a great swimmer and can really start to show you how to move as quickly as I do in the water. Also Seals love to play so be prepared for lots of fun and frolics with your Teacher this term.
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We ideally like your toddler to be over 2 years old by the time they start this level so they are physically able to do more complicated swims and skills, which demand more co-ordination.
In this Level, we introduce new variations of Swim, Breathe, Swim (S.B.S.) with the "forwards head tilt and chin lift" as the neck muscles are now more developed. This skill encourages your toddler to lift his/her head up and out of the water to breathe, by him/herself. We also introduce skills, which encourage independence like "swim triangles" and "kicking on a float" unaided. A lot often depends on your toddler's mood and willingness to participate but we do our best to encourage and make it fun!
I am a Grey Seal and as I am still young I am called a Pup. Mummy seals are called Cows and Daddy Seals are Bulls. If you are going to the Coast you might be lucky enough to see me or my friends as we live in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.
You have been learning to swim for a while now and I am sure it won't be long before you can swim 5 metres. I have to learn to swim very quickly as Mummy will only stay with me for 3 weeks and then I must be off swimming myself to get food. Luckily my body is perfect for swimming, as I have large webbed flippers in front and a tail at the back which helps propel me through the water. You are going to learn how to use your hands to paddle like my flippers this term, as you practise closed finger paddling. Just watch how much stronger your paddling is with your fingers closed. When I am moving very fast, I tuck my front flippers by my side to be streamlined in the water. Have a go at that when you are practising push and glide on your back. I promise it will make you go very fast across the pool.
I have to swim a lot to find food but I don't need to worry about keeping warm. Do you have a wetsuit to stop you getting chilly? I have two layers of fur and blubber which is like my own wetsuit. I also eat lots to store energy. Do you like fish? I like cod, herring and skate which you may have eaten too before. By the way, let me know if you see a Shark as they eat us for dinner so I will need to swim off and hide!!!!
Next term, you will be meeting Otto The Octopus