In Coaching, HD Videos, Kids

May 07, 2012

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In this video, Harvey Barnett, founder of Infant Swimming Resource, demonstrates the progression of teaching a child how to save herself in the pool.

He starts with getting the child to learn how to breathe in the water, then he shows her how to hold on to the wall.

“Next, you teach a child to float on the back,” Barnett says, noting you must teach good head orientation.

The difference between a child floating face down versus face up is a matter of life or death, he says.

He then takes the child further away from the wall and has her swim to it.

“This is a situation where, due to the density of water, it slows the process down a bit and she has an opportunity to see and practice how various other aspects of her movement or her lack of movement influence the environment that she’s in,” he says.

The sequence ends with the child turning over on her back while swimming toward the wall, then flipping over to grab hold of the wall.

8min 21sec

HD file size: 477 MB
SD wmv file size: 100 MB
SD mov file size: 51 MB

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Additional reading: Not One More Child Drowns: Infant Swimming Resource by Marla Carnes, published Aug. 29, 2011.

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5 Comments on “Infant Swimming Resource: Teaching Progression”


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Love ISR! Our daughter went through the program with success and our lil guy starts his 6 weeks today!


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This looks good and I have been a swim teacher for 17 years...Does ISr do their lessons 1 on 1 or in a group environment?


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That is absolutely incredible!!!


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That is absolutely wonderful!!!! :D


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Maybe being a new dad has made me overly sentimental, but that is the best material I have seen on CFJ, ever, period.

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