- Paperback: 113 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt (January 1983)
- ISBN-10: 0156882426
- ISBN-13: 978-0156882422
- Package Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,934,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching an Infant to Swim Paperback – January, 1983
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Virginia Hunt Newman, known throughout the world as ?the mother of infant swimming?, is founder and chair of the World Aquatic Babies Congress, which conducts conferences throughout the world. She was inducted in 1993 into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the National Swim School Association Hall of Fame. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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by Virginia Hunt Newman
THERE IS NO EXCUSE.
Children and infant drowning is horrific and preventable. Before 2 years old, babies have no fear, holding their breath naturally when submerged. Natural bouyancy brings them to the top. With a few simple exercises guiding them to paddle, swimming under water becomes a done deal.
At 17, as a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, I noted that West Park only offered lessons for those 6 years and older. Eagerly, I filled the gap with private lessons to children under 6 years. Unfortunately, when the Park Ridge Town Council got wind of this, I was shut down for "using a public facility for private purposes." Hum.
There are number of books out now on this topic. I even bought several to send to my children to teach their babies--both 15 months (6/15/08). None were up to my criteria; they took a slow circuitous road creating too many distractions.
In my opinion, "Teaching An Infant To Swim" by Virginia Hunt Newman is THE BIBLE. And the only reason I can see that Amazon gives it 2 stars is because is old, and that spashy newer books catch the attention of the unwary.
If you know anyone with babies or toddlers, get this book.
It's a chance to save a life.
Thank you, P.Fox