Quite unexpectedly, Alice had had much more opportunity to swim this summer then in previous summers. Thanks to that, her water skills have improved very quickly. First was getting used to putting her face in the water. Then putting on her life jacket and paddling all around. Etc etc until today I felt compelled to start instructing her to raise her arms above her head in the freestyle fashion instead of the dog paddle she's gotten very good at by now. And she was able to wheel her arms around accordingly surprisingly well the very first time. She can swim, in a fashion, for several feet without drowning. We have alas been goggle-less for several weeks and have had no luck finding goggles at places like Walmart. But Alice's progress in the water had been awesome. Next step, swim team! But only if she wants. Of course.