Tate is swimming like a fish this summer and took his first leap off the diving board. He took lessons in June and has been working really hard on swimming all by himself. He has been doing great in the shallow end, where he can only touch right by the stairs, and he is proud as punch! So last weekend, he said he was ready to go off the diving board. Derek and I encouraged him to practice a few minutes without his goggles, and without an adult to catch him. He assured us that he was ready and didn't need any more practice. Mom took a deep breath, "Ok . . . "
We walk over, Derek starts to climb down the ladder into the dive well, so that he could be there if necessary. Mom is getting the camera ready, Avarie is in the stroller pointing, "My Tate." Dad gets in, Mom has the camera . . . too late - Tate's already made a splash! Needless to say, he was happy to do it a few more times so we could take some pictures. So, the first picture is acutally his 2nd jump off the diving board :)
Now, we have to take time to go off the diving board every day at the pool, which is a bit challenging to keep Avarie safe (occupied) while Tate jumps and swims. We have so much fun every week at the pool!