Aqua Feelings has taught thousands of babies. We have had many parents who have driven as much as 50 miles, or, 80 km, to get to baby swimming.  Baby swimming has been so successful that we have had as many as 42 separate group classes per week.

We decided to find out what was the most essential element to this success.

We found 2 things that are especially right:

First: The impact of the baby’s state of mind

Babies are very emotive. All their actions are led by the emotional center in their brain. The baby has an innate intuition of what:

  • is good
  • and not good.

Just as we found out that the signals parent gives to her baby, are crucial for baby’s behavior and state of mind right here and now.

The baby’s state of mind may also be influenced by experiences at home. There are a great many things that can affect the baby’s state of mind in a negative direction. Therefore, it may be difficult for the parent to interpret why the baby is unhappy.

We find that surprisingly many parents find it very difficult to praise their babies or children. It comes more naturally to correct their children when they do something wrong. For example, if a baby throws food onto the floor, the parent may say: No! You must not do that, and proceed to take food from the baby.

Whereas if a baby eats well, it’s far from natural for the parent to praise the baby with: you are so smart!

Therefore we decided to design the baby swimming course on the basis that:

  • A negative state of mind needs to be changed to a very positive state of mind for both parent and baby.
  • A negative state of mind needs to be changed to a very positive state of mind for both parent and baby.

We know that 90% of our actions is based on the subconscious. This means that most of our daily activities are done without conscious thought.

They result from the huge storage of experiences and impressions from the previous days, weeks, etc.

If there a parent of a baby who comes to class with a mind disturbed by stress and maybe distracted by problems in her life, she can easily give the wrong signals to her baby. Or even worse, the baby may sense that the parent is not really attentive and fully present.

Active Baby Swimming provides more than a swimming experience.

Active Baby Swimming can be a sanctuary where parent and baby act in a way that may not be possible at home:

  • To exceed the limits
  • To praise and show enthusiasm and joy

Baby swimming can be everything that can affect one’s own and the baby’s state of mind in a positive direction.

Active Baby Swimming can be a sanctuary where parent and baby act in a way that may not be possible at home:

  • To exceed the limits
  • To praise and show enthusiasm and joy

To create space for closeness, love and development.

Baby swimming can be everything that can affect one’s own and the baby’s state of mind in a positive direction.

The parent must give the right signals to her baby. She must show that she really wants the baby to perform this task and, regardless of how the baby behaves or reacts, she is ready to praise the baby afterwards.

Remember that a child’s state of mind can be changed in a split second. It’s only a question of motivating baby to perform a certain action and positively reinforcing the result.

Therefore, we also say that our actions should not always depend on the baby’s behavior.  We believe that it is our actions that should affect the baby’s state of mind in a positive direction.

Then baby swimming can affect and even positively change what is happening at home with parents, baby and the rest of the family.

However, we must be aware that in 10% of cases there may be a natural and genuine reason for the parent to withdraw, and therefore let the baby get his way.

The other thing that was true of our success is:

The way you do it

We found out that the parents liked. Our caring, effective, dynamic, program.

For the program to be successful the parents must trust and have confidence in the director and instructors. The instructor must be invisible yet in the center of the action, listening observing and constantly adapting to every situation.

The program includes lots of challenging, fun exercises conducted through short commands, at fast pace, with joy, smiles, and always praise for both the parent and baby. It is very high energy and was a little wild at first, but really gave results.

Therefore it is not enough to believe in the exercises that you teach; you must teach with your heart and be 100% focused on the needs of each of the parents and the babies because they come first.

Allan Merrild
Owner

Professional instructor in baby swimming.

Birgitte Merrild
Owner

Professional instructor in baby swimming.

Aqua Feelings

Education in Baby Swimming