World Aquatic Babies & Children Network
Virginia Hunt Newman
A pioneer of infant swimming instruction,
Teaching an Infant to Swim and
Teaching Young Children to Swim and Dive
Virginia became world famous for teaching babies to swim beginning in the 1960's and resided and taught near Los Angeles for most of her life. She passed away in 2009. Article & Photos
She was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the National Swim School Association for her contributions to the development of aquatic programs for babies and young children. ISHOF Profile
Today Virginia's dream and work of connecting people around the world on aquatic programs for babies and children is carried on by Steve Graves WABC President.
Our international focus is on the learn to swim process ...
teaching so that students do learn.
Founded as World Aquatic Babies Congress in 1993 became Aquatic Babies & Children in 2006. WABC is an educational service and sharing network devoted to informing and inspiring people working with babies and children in the water. Today, aquatic education for babies and children is gaining rapid acceptance and interest around the world. More than 30 countries including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Brazil, Mexico, and Norway, have aquatic education programs specially designed for young children and infants.
Educational conferences beginning in 1990 in Tokyo have led to biennial WABC events ever since. Conference founders were Yumiko Hayashi of Japan, author of "Baby Swimming Q & A" and host to the 1990 gathering; Diny Van Dyk of Australia, author of "Water Safety for Infants" and host to the 1995 gathering; and Virginia Hunt Newman of the United States, author of Teaching an Infant to Swim and Teaching Young Children to Swim and Dive. In 1993 Newman conducted the first "World Aquatic Babies Congress" in Los Angeles and began to form an organization (by the same name) to bring together professionals from around the world who were interested in aquatic education of babies.
Serving professionals and parents, WABC ...
provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, practices, and strategies among professionals
creates an environment where medical professionals and others can conduct research related to aquatic instruction and present their findings to professionals and parents world wide
educates the public and swim professionals about the developmental benefits of aquatic education for young children and their families since swimming is an enjoyable activity and builds a parent-child bond.
educates on water safety skills and drowning prevention strategies