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June 14, 2008

Egyptian swimming lessons

Filed under: Uncategorized — scotsabroad @ 6:08 pm

Lucas has begun Egyptian swimming lessons twice a week down at an open air pool in Maadi. My friend Aya arranged to include him in her son’s lessons as Lucas and Yassin get on very well together. Both boys go in the pool with their teacher – Captain Medhat. He is a large, youngish man with skin the colour of hazelnuts due to him being outside all day. As far as I can tell his job is to hang around the outdoor pool and give lessons. There are several teachers at the pool and so far we are the only non Egyptian people I have seen there so it would be fair to say that Lucas is receiving classic Egyptian style swimming lessons. Both boys are in the pool for at least an hour (completely contradicting the theory that ‘children can only concentrate for their chronological age plus one minute’) and have to copy each other’s moves. Yassin goes first so that the Captain can explain in Arabic what to do and then he tells Lucas in clear English, ”Watch, Lucas, watch.” Lucas has to do the exact same as Yassin and the Captain does not let them away with not doing it. So far he has had Lucas jumping in to both the shallow and the deep pool, floating on his back, and on his front with his face in the water, for 5 seconds, practising the breast stroke and kicking across the pool with a float. I would have caved in after 30 minutes of this but Lucas is just getting on with it as if he was born in the water. I am amazed at his stamina but as soon as we get in the car to go home he is fast asleep.

Lucas also was busy last week with his nursery sports day. He took part in throwing, running (he wasn’t first), an obstacle course and parachute games. I was at work for most of the time so a friend took some photos of him. He had a great time but claimed he missed me in the mummy’s race!




  1. And what about Mummy’s swimming lessons? Have they started yet?

    Comment by Wendy — June 14, 2008 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  2. OMG – how could you bring that up and shame me in public?! No comment – and don’t tell the boys.

    Comment by Shona Davidson — June 15, 2008 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  3. 🙂 My dad learnt when he was in his 50’s and now you can’t keep him out of the pool on holiday. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter.

    Comment by Wendy — June 15, 2008 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  4. I think I might be looking for some lessons, too. Although I think I’ll opt for lessons from Vero rather than the Captain!

    As for not knowing how to swim, Shona: as they say in the US, ‘build a bridge – and, like, get over it!’

    Comment by Alistair — June 16, 2008 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  5. really look forward to hearing about vero’s lessons. Just how did you and
    your brother miss out so much?
    Good for Lucas!

    Comment by linda — June 17, 2008 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  6. lucas doesn’t seem to be enjoying the water much. NOT! He is a natural water lover by looks of it.

    Comment by Shari — June 23, 2008 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

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