Hen is now a penguin! I had already signed him up for another round of goldfish but when I looked at the back of his completion certificate, he had done what was needed* to get to the next level. I'm very pleased, and pleasantly surprised, with this turn of events - all from the kid who didn't really participate the first couple of classes. Luckily, I was able to switch and get him into the penguin class with Teacher Ryan again. He's awesome! Plus, we signed up for soccer on our way out!
* Skills taught at this level include: safely entering and exiting the pool, shallow water adjustment, introduction to the flutter kick, blow bubbles (5 second count), put face in water, assisted front float, assisted back float, use of P.F.D. lifejacket, assisted back and front glides with equipment and kicks, and assisted jump into shallow water.