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Virginia Hunt Newman International Award


Using a poetic verse to describe his feelings for Virginia Newman's method of teaching Terje Stakset writes:


Virginia Hunt Newman was a Pioneer,

And She Made It Quite Clear, 

Non-Forceful is the Only Way, 

And in That Direction it Has to Stay, 

Be Gentle from the Very Start, 

If You're Going to be Smart.




Klub Kvapka showing their positive pleasant learning experiences for babies, children, and parents in Trnava, Slovakia.



Newly translated into English is Terje Stakset's Swim With Love. His gentle go-slow joyful approach with babies is a helpful read for teachers as well as parents. With photos on every other page interspursed with Stakset's poems of aquatic focus it pleasantly artistic. Lesson plans for four 10-week courses are included.  Torill Hindmarch translated the book from Norwegian to English.

     - Overview and contents in the April-May WABC Focus newsletter.

     - Audio interview with Stakset and translator Hindmarch (15 min.)


Laurie Lawrence & Professor Robyn Jorgensen

Swim coach Laurie Lawrence and Professor Robyn Jorgensen
with swim school student.

Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm according to research published recently. Researchers surveyed parents of 7000 under-fives from Australia, New Zealand and the US over three years. A further 180 children aged 3, 4 and 5 years have been involved in intensive testing, making it the world’s most comprehensive study into early-years swimming. Lead researcher Robyn Jorgensen says the study shows young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population.   . . . MORE including quick study summary and highlights plus connection to copy of the study are inside an issue of WABC Focus newsletter in Member's section of this website.  Login Now


Kathy McKay of Lifestyle Swim School and speaks about philosophy and actions in working with babies and young children in the pool.
Segment # 2     Segment #3



        Discover Swimming

Discovering Swimming was written with the intention of showing the methodology, drills and skills, language and philosophy of the famous Swim Gym of Miami program. The book includes step-by-step instructions on how to get from barely being able to get into the water, all the way to the diving board and the racing block.


  Pioneer American baby swim teacher Crystal Scarborough
in a 1948 film clip! Her constant showmanship was attractive
to print and film media and inspired
many teachers and parents to look closer at baby swimmng.
(click photo to go to film clip)

Welcome New WABC Network Members:

Sutton Swim School - USA; Calmababy - UK; The Swim Revolution - USA; Water Baby - Coumbia; Swimsation - USA; Aquatic Adventures - USA; Klub Kvapka - Slovakia; Ai Le You Baby Swimming - China, Yoyoswim Early Learning Advisory Co. - China, Hero Baby Swim - China; High-Five Parents-Child Swimmming Club - China; Sunsational Swim Schools - USA; Michelle Grigg - USA; Water Ducks - China; Happy Swimmers - Ireland; El Camino del Agua - Argentina; Heetravel Parenting Baby Swim Center - China; Yingleshi - China;  Little Swim School - Singapore; Leyoubaobao - China; Escuela Norteamericana de Natacion - Ecuador; Can Swim - USA; Eureka Kids - China; Debary Swims - USA; Geech Beach - USA; Butchie's Pool - USA; Lenoarmi - Spain; Menlo Swim & Sport - USA; Sutton Swim School - USA; Ana Fortin Swimming - Honduras; Take Me To The Water - USA; Aqua Feelings - Denmark; Jennifer Golde Swimming - USA;  Hannah Collishaw Swim Instruction- USA; Aqua Smile - Denmark; Turtle Tots - UK, D Swim Academy - Malaysia.

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  Leading learn to swim program directors & teachers
gathered for the 11th Biennial WABC Conference
held October 13-16, 2011 in Clearwater Beach, Florida USA
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