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Elective submersion CPD

Birthlight Swimming classes aim to provide the optimum environment for not only learning to take place but to create deep emotional and loving connections between the parent and child.  Water itself is a great conductor of emotions, it transmits both positive and negative intent and can set the tone of our classes.  Our desire is to facilitate communication and respect to our babies whilst building loving connections between our parents and babies. We do this by encouraging our parents to build relationships with their children in the water, to guide and observe their baby’s movements rather than TO DO for their babies.  We champion a child-led approach, which will enable the child to discover their bouyancy, balance and breath in the aquatic environment over time.

This respectful relationship is also fostered in our engagement with submersions.  A relaxed and happy parent and baby pair, will physiologically release both endorphins and oxytocin into their bodily systems, providing a chemical reaction that promotes love and bonding, a process that transcends the thought process.  Our guidance in the delivery of elective submersions must also promote this chemical reaction, we must offer a CHOICE to the child to submerge or not.  We should be allowing space and time within our lessons for dialogue between the dyad, the adult is the child’s partner and as such partner’s should work together.  We need to educate our parents on the practice of elective submersions and move away from conditioning that offers no choice, acknowledging that baby/children can make choices from a very young age.

The aim of the CPD is to look at recent research on brain development, socialization and memory formation, and the impact that negative experiences can have on the baby/toddler. By the end of the day, we hope that teachers will feel confident in their own personal submersions and how to transmit this information to the parents.

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Who is this CPD for?

This CPD day is open to qualified swimming instructors working with babies and pre-school children.

Course outline

  • Looking at child motor, reflex and emotional development, including trauma
  • Looking at submersions in view of these findings

  • Pool time with visiting babies and adult pairs
  • Debrief pool time

We are given a gift as Birthlight Teachers to develop a baby/child’s love of the water, creating synaptic connections that will last a lifetime if we acknowledge and respect their choices.  What we do in the water matters.  Let’s help foster Magic Moments in the water, making positive memories for our wonderful families.

This CPD has a 6 hours credit. A Certificate of Attendance will be given to those attending the full day and providing course feedback.

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