Teaching Infant and Preschool Aquatics: Water Experiences the Australian Way

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Judy Cesari, AUSTSWIM (Organization)
Human Kinetics, 2001 - Education - 143 pages
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Get infants and toddlers off to a great aquatic start! Australia has long been recognized as one of the world leaders in swimming and aquatic education. Through a new series of books by AUSTSWIM, instructors around the world can now incorporate new and better ways to teach aquatics.

Teaching Infant and Preschool Aquatics provides important guidelines for introducing infants and toddlers to water safely and effectively. Aquatic education experts describe children's motor, cognitive, and emotional development during six stages, from newborn to preschool, and how the stages relate to aquatic activity. They also coach you on how to structure lessons and activities based on the stages of development.

With this easy-to-use manual, you will learn

- effective ways to familiarize children with water,
- important infant health and water safety considerations,
- the role of teachers and parents in early aquatic experiences, and
- how to encourage a child's natural curiosity and playfulness to develop important aquatic skills.

Teaching Infant and Preschool Aquatics gives you all the tools you need to provide infants and preschoolers with enjoyable aquatic experiences so they can learn at their own pace, gain confidence, and build valuable water skills to use for a lifetime.

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AUSTSWIM is the Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety and is the recognized authority for the training of swimming and water safety teachers throughout Australia. Its mission is to provide leadership in the design, development, marketing, and delivery of comprehensive, high-quality courses, programs, and resources for the teaching of swimming and water safety. Since its formation 20 years ago, more than 80,000 candidates have successfully completed the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Certificate. AUSTSWIM has a branch located in each state of Australia.

Christine Ure, PhD, has an outstanding reputation in academic circles in the field of early childhood development and is recognized for her work on assessing young children's development and the teaching methods best suited to this young age group. Ure serves as the primary editor and author of Teaching Infant and Preschool Aquatics.

John Kilpatrick, PhD, is the national executive director of AUSTSWIM. Recognized internationally for his expertise in swimming and water safety education, he lectures frequently and has produced many publications on the topic. Kilpatrick is a former professor and head of the School of Human Movement at Deakin University.

Contributing authors of Teaching Infant and Preschool Aquatics include Christine Ure, Judy Cesari, Ross Gage, Meredith King, Jenni Maclean, and Julie Zancanaro.

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