Learn to Swim

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Press:Dk Pub DK (March 21, 2005)
Publication Date:2005-4
Author Name:McKay, Rob/ McKay, Kathy


Learn to Swim guides parents of babies and children from ages 6 months to 4 years, through progressive, baby-friendly lessons that not only build confidence and help control sleeping problems and tantrums, but are proven to stimulate intelligence and concentration, increase emotional and physical development, and boost immunities.


Sports & Outdoors,Water Sports,Swimming,Parenting & Relationships,Family Activities,Parenting

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Comment List (Total:16)

  •     I had this book many years ago when I was teaching water babies classes. Our son and daughter in law were interested in using the techniques with our grandson and I had told her...
  •     This book goes in-depth into teaching your child to swim. It builds confidence in your child as well as teaching him/her survival skills. The approach is child-centered, not "sink-or-swim" methods. I would recommend this book if you have a newborn (four months) or an older child (5-6 years old) getting a late start on swimming.
  •     I am very pleased and have tested it out right away! You can tell the writers are experience. I also liked the way they speak not only about swimming but about the child! Their philosophy can be applied to most everything that you may want to teach your little one. My 10 month old has defenetively benefited from me reading this book. Thanks
  •     Very detailed book with images. However, you do need to have access to a pool regularly to keep up with the lessons.
  •     This book is focused on the method I was looking for which is a fun approach to learning. I am not a fan of this new "water safe" approach.
  •     I really like this book. I love that the focus is on the child, and having fun, but still with the aim of getting very young children not only comfortable, but capable of...
  •     I teach a Mommy and Me swim class and found this book very helpful! It's extermelt easy to follow with no confusion.
  •     I am an instructor that teaches swimming lessons to young kids and also a mom and tot class. A friend of mine had mentioned this book and I ordered it. It is fabulous!
  •     I checked this out from our library and will probably buy it to refer back to throughout the summer. I greatly appreciate the child- focused style...
  •     Learn to Swim: Step-by-Step Water Confidence and Safety Skills for Babies and Young Children is a beautiful book about teaching kids to swim. It has great pictures, step by step instructions, and games and techniques for teaching your children how to swim. I especially liked the fact that it very clearly stated what children can learn at each stage. So Caleb is now old enough to be learning how to hold his breath. (He's 11 months old.) They not only said he can learn how to hold his breath, but explained how to teach him and what to watch for to see if he's comfortable with it or we need to take some more time. I now have a very clear guide of what I can work on with him and what I might want to wait a bit on.
  •     Good base level book that gave me some pointers on helping my 2 year old swim. Still did lesson at a local swim school
  •     Great book for kids starting to swim. This book my daughter loved because she also loves frogs. The pictures are also very bright and colorful.
  •     The photos and graphics in this book (learn to SWIM) are by far the best I have ever seen in this type of book. The pictures look like they were taken by a National Geographic Photographer! While this is typical Rob and Kathy McKay instruction I especially like the way they give tips and techniques for each age group of new swimmer (from 6 months to 4 years old).I have found all of Rob and Kathy McKay's products (including videos, book, and instruction) to be the best on the market for teaching babies and young children to swim and ENJOY the water safely. It is no wonder that Rob McKay was twice recognized at the International Swimming Hall of Fame "for outstanding contribution to Aquatic Safety," and as the person who "best exemplifies the teaching philosophy of Virginia Hunt Newman." For those of you who don't know Virginia Hunt Newman, she is considered the "mother of infant swimming" and is a pioneering advocate of the gentle, positive approach to teaching babies to swim.
  •     I love this book, and I love the program the Mc Kay's have created.I was searching for a friendly way to teach my then 8 month old daughter to swim. Unhappy with the forceful survival swim lessons offered in my area, I searched the web and came across the Mc Kay's website babyswimming.comI purchased the videos, diaper dolphins, and then this book, when it came out.What you will find in this book is not just a learn to swim guide, but a way of life, and a guide to parenting through love and play. My daughter, now five and Autistic is a product of Diaper Dolphins and the Learn to swim book, and has been completely independent in the water for 3 years, and LOVES swimming. We started the methods with her 2 year old brother when he was about 10 months, and he too is close (he's only been in the water 2 times since last summer) to being an independent swimmer and enjoys the water very much. Now With baby number 3, (just 3 months old) I can hardly wait to get her in the pool and let her experience joy through swimming! For now, we are sticking with playing in the bath:)I must tell you, I am not a great swimmer and never loved the water and was very uncomfortable handling my children in the water, but by reading the books and studying the videos it has become second nature.I look forward to summer and lots of family nights at the pool spending quality time with my kids.A HUGE thanks to the Mc Kays...they are truly amazing:)
  •     This book is written for people with A)No common sense, B)their own private pool, C)truckloads of toys and equipment, D)loads of free time, and E)a partner to assist with lessons.If, like me, you are able to access a community pool once or twice a week, you go on your own with your baby, and you are only permitted to bring one toy per swim session, than this book is totally uselss. Every single lesson, game, and activity requires stacks and stacks of toys AND partner to help out. Reading this book made me really depressed that since I am unable to provide these things, it must therefore be impossible for me to teach my toddler any skills in the water.Here is a direct quote from the book to illustrate my point (from page 49 under the heading "Games and Songs"): "The Pick-a-ball Game. This key game is played every lesson during the Activity Circuit and encourages your child to dip, kick, or swim underwater, depending on her ability -- in fact, these skills are intruduced as part of this game. Fill a small inflated baby pool with floating balls and secure it at the edge of the pool..." Riiiiiight. No problem.Waste of time, waste of money, and reading it made me even less confident than before about my ability to teach my toddler swimming skills. BUT, if you do have your own pool and four thousand floating plastic things to hand, this book is probably just the thing for you. (Which is why I gave it 2 stars rather than one. It probably is a good book for a few people.)
  •     This is a good book. It gives clear explanations and photos are also very helpful. Now i am preparing myself and my kids for the swimming lessons.

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