Makaton Monday ~ To Swim

To Swim isn’t a new sign for Bruiser, he’s used it for a while now ever since he started pretending to swim in the bath. Just recently I started using it to help him understand where I was going on my aquafit evenings. But this week was the first time he actually got to go swimming!

It sounds awful that at three years old he hasn’t been swimming before but, because of child/adult ratios at the swimming pools, time constraints and his sensory issues when sometimes he can’t stand to be wet, not to mention that he hates his fingers and toes going wrinkly, I just havent been able to take him. That doesn’t negate from the fact that he was VERY EXCITED!!

I don’t know what he was expecting but I think it exceeding his expectations. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute, even the slides when the water completely submerged him at times. He didn’t seem to mind that his fingers and toes were wrinkly, in fact he was quite amused that all mine and Wrigglers were too. He loved jumping into the shallow end with Wriggler. As for the waves, he loved the repetitive motion of the water making him go up and down.

Bruiser is a born swimmer though. He walked from the shallow end no end of times and he just kept going and going until he could no longer touch the bottom and then he’d tread water trying to get even further.  When I helped him put his legs out he attempted to swim and wanted me to let go.

He didn’t stop signing ‘To Swim’ and ‘Water‘ all the time we were in the pool. I think its time to get Bruiser enrolled for swimming lessons!


makaton monday to swim



Bruiser and Wriggler signing 'Swim'

Bruiser and Wriggler signing ‘Swim’


Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012

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Im linking this post up with #MagicMoments this week. Another first for Bruiser and also some quality time spent with my Boys.

10 thoughts on “Makaton Monday ~ To Swim

  1. pinkoddy says:

    Oh I am so glad to hear that it went well. All the reasons you mentioned is exactly why mine have lessons. My son is actually going on a disability crash course of swimming lessons all this week. He loves to seek out the water and just keeps diving under.


  2. blueberetmum says:

    It looks like they had a fabulous time and reminds me that I should be better at introducing swimming to Peanut…I am not a fan of swimming pools but should probably get over it as I am sure he would love it! x


    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you hun. I was really nervous, is built it up in my head that it was going to be bad, so it was great that he really enjoyed it. fingers crossed for the lessons hey 🙂
      ps. You may have me confused with Mother.Wife.Me… Im Dawn 😉 xx


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