Education doesn’t have to mean that it is something academic. It’s about knowledge, skills and habits being passed down from one generation to the next, or from person to person. In fact practical learning is more effective, especially if it is of interest to the individual. Therefore, I thought that this week I would share a little about my sons’ Seadoo sea scooter lessons.
All my boys have swimming lessons – for one we wouldn’t be able to cope in a pool with 4 non-swimmers (others might be able to but not us). We really enjoy swimming, and visiting different water-parks. The oldest has completed a life guard training course and is waiting for an available vacancy to come up at our local pool. I thought that the Seadoo sea scooter course would give him another qualification, as well as continuing his activity, and generally getting him out the house.
Seascooters are two-handled underwater scooters, they twist and turn in the water and allow you to fully submerge yourself and visit the bottom of the pool. Not only used recreationally, but for scuba diving too. Travelling up to 5mph through the water they are a new, fun and exciting way to swim. Oh and they offered to get my teen out the house for a week, with the promise of another qualification.
The boys had to be able to swim 25m, and then they were off.The lessons were daily for a week, but the younger of the 2 had had a one off session for his birthday (on a Saturday). All sessions were half an hour long.
They started in the small pool and under instructions learnt how to use the scooters.
This was built up to swim through hoops and learn tricks.
Once they had the control of the scooter they then put on the snorkels, and I heard some mention of scuba diving.
Then they moved to the big pool, again first getting used to the scooter in the deeper water.
They powered off so quickly down the other end (deep end) and disappeared to the bottom of the pool. I’m sure you can appreciate that I am not very good at taking photos of my kids submerged in very deep water!
Then the introduction of flippers.
If I’m honest it was quiet difficult to observe the lessons as I had to watch my youngest. The majority of the photos I captured on a day when he wasn’t present. The two lads were very enthusiastic about the course, and they learnt to do tricks – including using the scooter one-handed.
They are waiting to collect their badges and certificates as they have now completed level 1. I’m sure at the next available opportunity they will be keen to progress to the next level.
Septembers theme is: EDUCATION - link up any back to school, lunch ideas, learning activities, Science experiments, any learning, fine motor, Adult education – anything really.
It is just a guide and can be to do with crafts, days out, photos, achievements, favourite things – anything.
This month myself and Sarah are giving away a digital gift voucher for any size planner/notebook on the Personal Planner website – as going back to school can mean a lot of new appointments and things to organise – especially with the run up to Christmas. Or why not use it as a gift idea.
This is NOT a sponsored post. Thank you very kindly to my local pool for allowing me to take photos (which aren’t usually allowed) in order for me to do this post.