Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Had a horrifying experience at swim lessons yesterday! It was Little E's first lesson EVER and he was in a class with 2 other little girls. One of the girls was crying the whole time so the teacher held her the entire time. Since she was holding the little girl she was not paying as close attention to the other two. She had told them to hold onto the side of the wall, but then had her head turned helping the little girl she was carrying. I turned for a second to watch my daughter in her class and when I turned back Little E was gone! For a split second I was thinking, "He must have gotten out" then I realized he was UNDER THE WATER!!!! I ran at lightening speed over to him and pulled him up. He was struggling under the water and was trying to get his head up. I yelled at the teacher for not seeing it happen. She goes, " I told him to hold the wall". I looked her strait in the eye and said, "It was NOT HIS fault!". So, I then pulled E out and he was coughing pretty bad. I went to the pool manager and reported what happened. She was pretty apologetic, said she would give me my money back if I wanted but insisted he should stay in. She said taking him out now could bring on a fear of water. She said she can put him with another teacher. I am at a loss as to what to do. I came home last night and cried and was pretty shaken up all night over the whole thing. I don't want to cause more fear, but at the same time I do not want to take him back new teacher or not. E is very tiny for his age and the area where they teach is up to his neck. It was even the 2 foot area he was drowning in too. I just don't know if I could trust those teachers. I almost would rather take him to the pool and work with him myself. What do you all think? What would you do in this situation? Do you think I am just being an overprotective mama or do I have valid reasoning here. Do you think it would be better to hold off lessons until he is older/taller?