DD is almost 4. She took her first swim class last summer, which was the mommy and me class. She liked the songs and games, but she refused to go under water, and I didn't push her.
She is now in the next class up, where they go in without a parent. The first class (last week), she did really well. She even went under water. She said she didn't like the class or going underwater, but we encouraged her to keep trying.
Today's class was a different story. She didn't want to go under water. The teacher was nice, but then she forced her underwater (DD was screaming the whole time). From that point on, she wouldn't do anything the teacher asked. She just cried for me the rest of the class. I didn't want to make a scene, so I just encouraged her.
I was very uncomfortable with the teacher forcing her underwater. Not only is it a safety risk, but I feel it perpetuates her fear of water and makes her distrust the teacher. Now, I'm not sure what to do. Do I pull her out of the class or force her to keep going? Part of me wants to keep her in just b/c it teachers her to fulfill a commitment. But, another part of me is asking if she even needs to learn how to swim right now. We don't live on the water or have a pool at home (we have one in our neighborhood). If she's really that scared of it, maybe I shouldn't force her.