Conquering the Lake

The kids are having a hard time transferring their swimming knowledge from the pool to the lake. They are champion swimmers during their lessons, holding their breath, floating without assistance and even swimming full lengths.

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All of this knowledge stays behind when we leave the city limits. Findley is nervous in deep water without his life jacket, struggles to swim the shortest distance and his sister is no better. The little girl who jumps at the chance to splash and dunk her head is terrified to take a step in the water without someone holding tightly to her hand. Forget jumping off the raft – she freezes the minute you suggest moving toward it. And it’s moored in two feed of water!

Finn and Bronwyn are turning into true city kids – they like their water chlorinated and preferably warmed up. We understand that such a large body of water can be intimidating, not to mention the crayfish and little rock bass who could potentially nibble at your toes. I’m not entirely crazy about the idea either, but enough is enough.

 

Hopefully, after a solid week of splash time, we will be able to lick these anxieties and finally conquer Balsam Lake. Then, maybe we can work on getting Bronwyn into the boat…

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