The Smart Fish Born-To-Swim Experience can begin with healthy babies once their belly button has healed.
– FREE PRIVATES or PARENT-TOT LESSONS are available… during their first 16 weeks – extra time for Preemies.
– Babies take comfort in wearing WETSUITS. It is easier to hold the baby in the water. They float better. The extra warmth they provide is a side benefit.
– Wrapping a PUZZLE FRAME around the infant’s shoulders like this is useful for back floating.
– Wearing this PUZZLE FRAME is also useful for submersions. It helps prevent the baby from being affected by the Moro Reflex (or Startle Reflex)
– SUBMERSIONS ARE OPTIONAL: However, please do not fear them…
– INITIALLY, we submerge our babies for only 1 to 1.5 seconds.
– Most infants will reflexively hold their breath when submerged to protect their airway & are therefore able to survive short submersions.
– WHY ? Most human babies demonstrate an innate INFANT SWIMMING or DIVING REFLEX from birth until approximately 6 months.
– THE INFANT SWIMMING is the phenomenon of human babies and toddlers reflexively moving themselves through water and changing their rate of respiration and heart rate in response to being submerged.
– DURING THE INFANT DIVING REFLEX, an infant’s heart rate decreases by 20%.
– The slowing of the heart rate and breathing is called BRADYCARDIAN RESPONSE.
– Swimming improves a baby’s coordination & balance. Both are used to swim, float , and manage breath recovery by rolling front to back & vice versa.
– The benefits of baby-friendly infant/toddler swimming are unique, uplifting and contribute to the positive development of whole child.
– Watch them swim… Watch them grow… From infants into champions.
In SFM Grade 10, we teach a more segmented type Breaststroke where the arms complete the pull cycle into a streamlined position. Then the swimmer does the breaststroke kick, ending in a three count glide.
– In SFM Grade 11, we teach them to synchronize the recovery of the arms with the push back part of the breaststroke kick, ending in a streamlined glide, before beginning the cycle of Pull-Breathe-Kick-Glide again.
– This is a fun way to teach the student to begin sychronizing the stroke.
TODAY WAS ANGUS’S LAST LESSON AT WATERSAFE SWIM SCHOOL. He is moving to Boston. Angus… I (Ginny) am really going to miss you. You’re a great kid – I wish you great success.
LONG MAY YOU SWIM! Keep in touch!
Add an extra month to two extra months, depending on how premature they are.
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THANK YOU TO MISS CRYSTAL FOR THIS NEW IDEA….
* Use the melody for “Frère Jacques”
* This can replace “The Kids In The Pool” song … (the one using the melody of “Wheels On The Bus”)
* “Where is _________ Where is ________ ? There she is. There she is. Splashy, splashy, splashy. Kickie, Kickie, Kickie… Up and down. Up and down.”
* For the babies who allow the teacher to touch them, the teacher can help them to splash their hands and kick their feet.
* From about 11 months or so, babies like to point, so explain to the parents that the idea of pointing is a natural behavior that can be encouraged.
* This is also a good way to learn the names of the students. Ask parents to repeat their child’s name throughout the class, as you come around to help them teach.
* NEXT SEGMENT: Submersion Instruction & Practice
* NOTE: Before taking a baby under the water, ask the new parent if their child has ever experienced water washing over the face in the bath or shower. If not… the child is not yet ready for submersion in the lesson. Use the pitcher to pour water over the back of head and maybe over the face.
* Homework for new babies who have never experienced water over the face: practice pouring water over the face during bath time before returning the next week.
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