Last night we took the boys to the swimming class.. the coach was a Korean, Mr. Kim (金教練). We thought it will be just like a normal swimming class, with a friendly teacher and a bunch of little kids... boy we were WRONG!! When we got there, we saw a bunch of kids grouped into different age groups. and when the coach blew the whistle, they all jumped in and started swimming like pros... we were very amazed.
Then the boys' class started, and coach Kim asked the kids to start float on their back and all the way to the other end of the swimming pool !!!!! WHAT???? This is our 1st class!!!! Timothy barely made it to the end... but I was already VERY amazed. I didn't know Timothy could float this far.. then it was Jacob... he usually sinks when he back floats.. but today he did it... all the way to the other end of the pool... he started crying and wanted to get out of the pool... I told Philip that was it, I don't want to enroll the boys in this crazy class, but Philip said let Jacob try it. So Jacob swam back (well, back floated back) ... then the coack asked him to do it over and over and over and over and over and over... I couldn't watch it. I had to go outside. Before I went outside Jacob pleaded "mama I don't want to swim anymore ". I felt like I was torturing my child.
I was very worried Jacob would sink. I asked Philip to GLUE his eyes on Jacob in case something happens.
THIS IS CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY swimming class!!! Coach Kim has a straight face. His English is not good. He doesn't give praises to the kids. He only asks them to swim non-stop.
So about 1 hour into the class, I walked in with Acacia and Timothy, seeing Jacob still had 1 lap to go. But with much surprise, he completed the devil command by coach Kim. We talked to the coach and he said he thinks Jacob is ok to join the class. So we decided to let him try a little longer. Hoping he will be trained in endurance, strength and obedience/dicipline.
So our brave Jacob swam for 1+ hours without any playing or much resting. WAY TO GO!! My big boy!!!!!!