Guide to Swimming Lessons for Children With Autism

What is Autism? Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) incorporates a group of neurodevelopmental disorders causing impaired communication skills and social skills and behavioural challenges. ASD affects how people communicate and interact with the world. Until recently, experts talked about different types of autism, such as autistic disorder or Asperger’s syndrome. But now they are all …


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Private versus Group Swimming Lessons

The decision whether to select private or group swimming lessons doesn’t always simply boil down to the cost implications, there’s more to consider…. A child or an adult could be unsure about water for various reasons: Bad past experiences Lack of exposure to water at an early age (0-3 years old) Parents themselves ill at …


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10 Infant and ‘learn-to-swim’ Questions – Answered by Austrian Experts

I’m really excited to be working with two colleagues and swim experts, Anitra Boszotta and Marion Falzeder from Austrian Baby swimming Association (ABA), learn-to-swim experts and baby and toddler specialists, on this blog. Anitra and Marion share some great insights by answering the 10 most frequently infant and ‘learn-to-swim’ questions which parents very often ask.  You Can Also Read this Blog in German …


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6 Answers To Frequently Asked Baby and Toddler Swimming Questions

Q&As With A Baby Swimming Expert (Part 2) In part one of this blog on baby and toddler swimming, infant swimming guru, Terje Stakset, explained that the goal of early lessons should be about helping young children to develop an affinity for swimming and learn the very basics in order to be ready and confident …


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10 most asked learn-to-swim questions answered- Q&A with one of London’s top swim coaches

I’m delighted to introduce long-term colleague and friend Mr Damien Bryan, head coach of Kingston Royals Swimming Club, as our first guest blogger. Kingston Royals SC, is a community based swimming club in Southwest London which has gone from strength to strength over the last two years under his leadership being named Best Sports Club in …


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What’s the Best Age for a Child to Begin Swimming Lessons?

History of Learning to Swim Swimming is a fun sport and a life skill, and it is no wonder that it’s high on most children’s activity lists. Teaching children to swim dates back to early biblical times and it was part of the ancient school programmes in Greek and Roman empires. Roman soldiers had to …


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Baby Swimming and Toddler Lessons In France – Montessori Inspired Teaching

In May 2015 I had the privilege to be invited to a swim school in France and observe their baby and toddler swimming classes. Established by clinical psychologist Dr Daniel Zylberberg, the classes are now running in several community centres throughout Paris with the programme offered for children who are up to five years old …


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How Do You Spot a Good Swimming Teacher?

Swimming is a sport that depends upon developing a base level and gaining skills over time. Most people think that, in swimming, you start with teaching and then move onto coaching. However, the reality is that you never stop teaching swimming, since you always have to show swimmers how it’s done correctly when you teach …


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Practising ‘Push and Glide’; Learning Fundamentals of Swimming

Learning the Fundamentals with ‘Push & Glide’ Swimming requires a set of skills which can only be built over time by different practices.  A swimmer who swims with correct technique can travel in water with his/her body as close as possible to the surface of water. Swimmers need to do variety of drills and practices to learn …


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