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Speakers


We are very proud to announce the following persons as speakers at the Nordic Baby Swim Conference 2016.

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Lena Andersson Stenquist

Lena Andersson Stenquist has long experience in the field of swimming education. She has worked with baby swimming since 1979 and is now working in Helsingborgs Simsällskap, which is one of the largest swimming clubs in Sweden with almost 6000 members.
In Helsingborg she is, among other things, responsible for the entire baby swimming and the learn to swim classes. She is an appreciated speaker and educator for the Swedish Swimming Federation and she has educated instructors for more than 30 years. Lena has also written a book about toddlers
swimming and is now writing a book about baby swimming for the Swedish Swimming Federation.

Lecture

The ABC of Swimming

To teach with respect is very important in baby swimming - respect both for the child and for the parents. But, does it really matter what we do during the lessons? Is baby swimming just a way for the parent and child to interact in the
water? Is it just for fun? Do we have any responsibility for the child’s future development in the water or do we leave that to the teachers in the learn to swim classes?

Lena Andersson Stenquist thinks that baby swimming lays the foundation for the child's future development in swimming. As a teacher you have to see that the child gets the stimulation from the water, in the movements etc.

In the ABC of Swimming there are eight rudiments: breathe, submerge, glide, float, jump, balance, move and rotate. Regardless if you are in baby swimming, learn-to-swim or a champion swimmer, you always need to practice those basic skills. So, can we implement practices in baby swimming so that we do the right thing from the very beginning?

 

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Monica Anzueto

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Monica is a second generation swimming teacher, former long distance, open water swimmer and has been a baby swimming instructor since 1990. She is also the owner, director and aquatic educator at El Delfín de Chiapas, institution devoted to swimming in all levels since 1975.

Lectures

Music at the pool
Music therapy can be a wonderful tool in infant and small children programs. The purpose of this presentation is to share ideas and some guidelines that will help you to be able to combine the elements of swimming and music, approaching music therapy concepts and interventions.

Enriching the aquatic experience in a fun, effective and safe way (mini seminar)
Having swimming programs in all levels and for all ages gives us the opportunity to see the progress and outcomes in the long term. This presentation will address elements to provide a structure for the development not only in a physical way, but also the cognitive, social and emotional construction.

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Ulrika Faerch

Ulrika owns and runs Swimmix, a successful swim school in Denmark. In their own custom made facility, together with her 25 dedicated staff members, they teach 3.400 members weekly. Ulrika is also a family coach, author, lecturer and expert in baby swimming. Ulrika lectures internationally about what she is passionate about: a quality relationship approach and how swimming can contribute to that.

Lectures

Creative and meaningful swimming for one-year-olds (and their parents)
In this presentation Ulrika shares how they work in Swimmix with activity circuits were the different activities contribute to the toddlers physical, emotional and cognitive development and at the same time strengthen the parent child relationship. During this presentation you will get information and examples on how and why they do it in their program. Hopefully you will be able to bring something home and use it in your teaching.

Adventurous learning for children from age three (mini seminar)
A visit behind the scenes in Disney World sparkled new ideas for Swimmix Swim School program and they took their adventures one step further. They have had a great success in doing so and the experience and outcome for their swimmers is since then greater. Ulrika will share her thoughts with you and take you through one of their adventures. Maybe it will sparkle some ideas for you and your swim school?

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Torill Hindmarch

Torill was born in London and is now living in Oslo. She has a long experience with baby swimming as she has been involved in baby swimming since 1976 in England and since 1981 in Norway as an instructor and later, educating instructors for the Norwegian Life Saving Society and the Norwegian Swimming Federation. In 1982, she pioneered methods which introduced play based activities and the use of songs and rhymes in baby and toddler aquatics. Since 1990, she has worked to instigate changes in methods and programs toward a more child-initiated activity and with the child’s own perspective as a guideline for parents and instructors. Torill has a Master degree in Early Childhood Education, from Canterbury Christ Church in Kent, UK, and she has also been a head teacher and manager in several nurseries in Norway for over 15 years, where, of course, swimming was on the curriculum. As the 2014 recipient of the Virginia Hunt Newman Award for Baby swimming, her efforts to promote a “Gentle Approach” to baby swimming, has been internationally recognized.

Lecture

The power of a gentle touch
Touch and contact, skin to skin, is important for a child’s development, work with premature babies especially has shown that touch is essential to survival and development of the baby.Can a baby detect changes in pressure from the parent’s hands? Is touch perhaps a channel of communication that parents need to be aware of in order to have a positive dialogue throughout the lesson? How can we combine these factors to give optimal learning and a positive experience for families in the water?

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Robyn Jorgensen

Robyn Jorgensen is a Professor of Education in the areas of equity and pedagogy at the University of Canberra. Her work has focused on the ways in which teachers' practice help or hinder student learning and then to use this knowledge to build better understandings of how to engage learners and better learning outcomes.

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Can early years swimming support children to learn more than swimming and water safety?
The outcomes of a major international study indicate that potentially there are many positive gains for children under five of age who participate in quality swimming programs.  The study examined the social, scholastic, language and physical differences between children who participated in early years swimming against national and international benchmarks for early childhood development. The outcomes will be shared in this session, but the results were very positive, in some cases and areas, swimming children were significantly ahead of the normal population by 18 months or more.

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Erin Seal-Grande

Erin Seal-Grande is the District Aquatics Manager for Seal Swim School, a family owned business in Florida. She has been a swim instructor for over 20 years. She attended The University of Florida where she obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree with a specialization in Special Education. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree from UF in Exercise and Sports Sciences with a focus in Adapted Physical Education and Adapted Aquatics.

Teaching swimming to children, especially those with special needs, is a passion of Erin's. She has been a member of the United States Swim School Association since 1995. In 2010, she was a founding member of the first United States Swim School Associations Special Abilities Committee. Erin is also presenting ‘Special Abilities Training’ to swim schools across the country. Erin is a wife, mother and a teacher that believes in seeing the ability - not the disability.

Lectures

Challenging the limits and nourishing the potential of children with special abilities
Erin will discuss changing our perception from what a child with a disability cannot do and focus on what they are able to do while in the water. The presentation will include discussion to change the limits we as instructors put on children with special needs and will include many video timeline and examples.  

The fundamentals of teaching babies and toddlers with disabilities to swim
This talk will be centered on teaching methods and ideas for specific disabilities. Included will be short videos and explanations on tools, equipment, behavioral guides, etc.

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Jim Spiers

Jim Spiers is a career and life-long professional in all aspects of swimming and water safety instruction, coaching, curriculum development and teaching methods. A Texas native, Jim moved to New York in 1990 to operate a growing swim school program while contemporaneously creating a children’s theater program. Eventually he founded his own enterprise and SwimJim Inc. was born in 1998.

In collaboration with two-time Olympic Gold medalist Catherine Fox, Jim created the first learn-to-swim program and methodology combining early childhood development and the latest Olympic-level stroke and body positioning technique. Jim has educated and trained teachers and students for over 33 years. Most recently Jim assumed the presidency of the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, a non-profit focused on drowning preventing education. Jim’s passion is to create a world without drowning.

Lectures

Basic alignment, motor skills, balance and buoyancy
In infant, baby and toddler learn-to-swim it is just as important to introduce alignment, motor skills, balance and buoyancy as it is with older children. In fact these skills could be more important because this learning creates stronger minds and bodies for children that swim versus children that do not take swim lessons.

Reptilian, limbic and cognitive brain functions and how to satisfy the emotional needs of a child through music, song, activities and repetition
All young swimmers have emotional needs that need to be understood and addressed in swim lessons.  Whether it is learned behavior, instinctive behavior or they are just having a hard day, all of these needs can be met through repetitive and experiential learning that allows the child to relax and become receptive to the learning process in a fun and loving environment. We look at brain functions (reptilian, limbic and cognitive) and how to satisfy them through music, song, activities and repetition.

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Judy Watts

Judy has owned and operated her swim school since 1977. Her pool is environmentally friendly, especially designed for children from 6 weeks to 5 years and also catering for children with additional needs. Judy’s pool safety program “Cool Pool Rules” was released to help educating children zero to four years in safe pool practices and was nationally recognized with outstanding Achievers Award in Australia. Her research over the past 40 years has led to broad understanding of babies and the need for parents to be actively involved in nurturing warm water program and promoting the tactile, visual and audio senses of their babies.

Lecture

Teaching 2-3 year olds
Judy’s lecture will be about teaching 2-3 year olds divided into toddler’s transition from baby class & Beginners Class 2- 3 years. She likes to look at the baby program as stepping stones for the children to become young swimmers and try not to teach any skills that have to be untaught as the children move into toddler and stroke groups. Judy will show us a progression of their program from 18 months to 3 years (swimming independently).

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Uppdaterad: 23 AUG 2016 14:15 Skribent: Nathalie Dahlqvist

 

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