At practice tonight, we arrived about 15 minutes early, and I got in with him. We splashed around some, and actually swam a length of freestyle and backstroke, with no problem. But boy, that is one long pool when you're only 3' 8" tall. It takes a lot of strokes to get from one end to the other.
He made it through practice, with me swimming beside him the whole way. He followed the coaches instructions, and was actually asked to demonstrate how to do backstroke kicking. He was the only one of the 6 & under boys who could do it without sinking!
By the end of the 30 minute practice, he was exhausted and broke down crying halfway through his last lap. We were both freezing...it was 60 degrees with a howling wind, so even though the water was relatively warm, it was frigid for any part of our body outside the water. Tomorrow should be warmer, and I'm hopeful that his confidence has been boosted enough to try again. I'm not ready to place any bets yet...stay tuned.