October 6, 2015

Gain confidence when putting your child underwater

Ali Grace underwater - one year old

Babies are swimming animals before they are born!  To continue this mindset, will ensure positive future swimming experiences.  Squeeze the  clean washcloth on the baby's face, first on the side, then over the eyes. Do this at every bath! As the child gets older, pour more water.  Pouring water on the baby's face in the tub will prepare your child underwater submersion in a pool. This does not harm your baby.  These babies are used to having water on their face.


Make sure to pour water on the face of your baby in the bath, then do the same in the pool.
Don't forget to play games have fun! 

Watch the video on youtube and subscribe to my channel for more baby swim videos that will answer all your questions, and buy my DVD, Learn to Swim with Miss Bea.

  youtube video - Learn to Swim with Miss bea

March 16, 2015

Special Needs Kids Need Swimming Lessons too!

Many have called me through the years to ask my advice about their special needs children.  When Hannah's sweet mama recently reached out to me uncertain about the swim lessons she had just started with her little 10 month old, I told her to go for it!  Take it easy and have fun and keep it up all year!

Hannah and her mami, uncertain about the water!!

Hanna's first swimming lessons. 

Start your lessons in the tub!!

My newest grandbaby...

March 13, 2015

Will my child ever learn how to swim?

This Summer your child was well on the way to becoming a confident swimmer.  But it seemed to be taking forever and you just didn't have time to devote to this very important life skill.

Even though the weather is not conducive to swimming, find an indoor pool where you can go to continue to practice - even once a month.

If you don't have a pool near by nor any swimming lessons available for your children, then you have to practice in the tub!  Fill up the tub and practice.  Even get goggles and put them on in the tub to catch the toys at the bottom.

Getting a toy from the bottom 

Proud that he did it!

The most important thing is for the child to be comfortable going under the water.

Don't give up!  It takes time and dedication.  Some children need lots of help and support before they take off swimming on their own.  

I'm proud of this Daddy practicing in the hotel pool while on vacation!  He is right there for 4 year old James as he plays going under water and diving for toys.   

It is important not to get discouraged and give up on your child but take advantage of every chance you get in the pool.  

Practice in the bathtub or hot tub every chance you get.

May 17, 2014

Swimming with baby Parker

YOU can put your child underwater!  It is so good for your baby!   

I want to teach you this parenting skill

Watch this video and do it with your baby!

This is non-traditional swimming instruction on baby swimming, but the fact is that it's good for them, and research supports it.

Parker underwater - grandchild number 6 - swimming early!

Have an attitude of fun!
I was nervous and excited his first time at the pool at 3 months.  
We played and floated and I poured water on his face like his parents have been doing in his bath.  Then I dunked him under water. 
The second and third times he was gliding and staying under great!

Continue pouring water on his face at least once a week, don't let him forget!  Go to a pool once a month even in the winter!   

Write me your ideas and suggestions as well as your questions and concerns!

November 11, 2013

I'm going to eat your fingers - shark

Once your child will willingly glide underwater to another person, we can say that he is "swimming"!  Now your job is to have your child gain more control in the water.  He is not water safe, and needs you every second.

Thanks to my friend Linda for sending me this video that I want to share with you.  Here, little Andrew is being a shark.  Listen as Andrew yells: "I eat your fingers"  while he swims back and forth between Grandma and Daddy, never tiring, doing more and more.

October 18, 2013

Babies diving underwater at 8 weeks! Must see...

The introductory video to the New Active Baby Swimming Course, with my voice...

New interactive baby swimming course for baby swim teachers,
Active Baby Swimming online video course is different from traditional baby swimming programs in the US in that the main objectives are not drown-proofing or swimming skills but the development and well being of the baby through the medium of water. And, that parents are encouraged to start baby swimming right after birth, from the time the umbilical cord is healed.  

Babies are reaping the benefits of baby swimming in Denmark while   parents in the US are told not to put our babies underwater until 6 months and even later!  We are discouraged from starting swimming early, waiting until our child is ready, oh! and don't let your baby swallow water...

In the first baby swimming lesson, you and your baby will perform several dives the first lesson.  You will also learn how to hold your baby in the water for various games and activities.  You will have fun and be amazed at what you and your baby can do!

Their success is supported by research on the "diving reflex" of newborn babies, and the evidence of 8 years of enthusiastic parent participation in the Nordic countries. 

August 12, 2013

Practice Swimming in the Ocean

Children need to feel confortable swimming in any type of water: pool, ocean, or lake.  Practice with them and teach them how to be safe always enjoying every moment!

Watch my grandchildren practice swimming in the ocean on St. Simons Island, Georgia.