May 29, 2012

How to Market my Learn to Swim dvd?

This number C8SB52T29GU9, is so that I can claim my Learn to Swim with Miss Bea swimming blog on one of the search engines.  

Teach you child to turn around and get the wall if he falls in the water


But I want to write about what I have been doing to let people know and want my dvd.  I first spent days contacting swimming teachers on isport.  There are over 800 swimming teachers registered!  I contacted more than 80 then I stopped!  I had 30% responses and then another 10% who wrote back a second time.  Most of them wrote me about their very successful swim schools and or at home programs.  They very kindly rejected my offer.  All but a few had their own techniques.  So far I sent business cards to several and 3 of them bought the dvd.  I'm writing to two of them who might sell it.

I am making lots of connections on linkedin.  I need to learn how to market my video in different ways.  I have also "met" many children's books authors.  Many of them "liked" my facebook page.  I now have my own use name and can see my "insights" (but I don't know what those mean yet)

You can now find 8 video teasers from my Learn to Swim with Miss Bea dvd, including the introduction.  I am trying to make a "trailer" but am having trouble...

I'm thinking about facebook or google ads.  This is where it all started.  I got a call asking me if I wanted a facebook ad.  This company wanted me to pay a certain amount of money each month to manage it!  I hadn't thought about it...  Now I am way into it, with the blog and facebook and 1000 more swimming lesson dvd's coming within a month.

We are in the season of summer vacation and most parents are thinking about swimming lessons and or already have started.  If you are one of those parents, you might want my dvd! Read all about it.

See you at the pool.

May 27, 2012

Mama dog saves baby in the swimming pool



You always need to keep an eye out for your baby around a swimming pool.  How many of you have had to jump in and rescue your baby?

May 19, 2012

Swimmer Dies at the Jekyll Island Triathlon

Wow! A swimmer died at the Jekyll Island Triathlon yesterday!  
My husband was on the boat that was to help any swimmers on the swimming race.  The waves were rough and it was windy.  Many of the swimmers were struggling.  He didn't drown, he had a heart attack.   From Jacksonville.com/ There was no water in the lungs.  Two other swimmers had to be helped out of the water from exhaustion, but were not injured.  My husband thought it would be easy to help with his boat in the swimming part of the triathlon, but it was tough! 
This is how the Jekyll Island ocean usually appears:

Don said that I could have gone boogey boarding.  Usually there are no waves to speak of on the beaches of the Golden Isles.  Mostly the waves are only good in the fall and only when the tide is high at around 8 pm.  I am already planning to go to St. Simons two times in August and in September.  Also, it there are hurricanes off the coast... 
The waves never get like this in the Golden Isles!!

Swimming in South Africa

I have been contacting swimming instructors to promote the swimming lessons dvd and have "met" with Mark Dixon of Swimming South Africa.  I love their beginners chart which the child completes with stickers.


It is also interesting to read their water safety rules.  How many apply to where you live? (especially number 6!)
 
Rule 1: Learn to swim.
 
Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Learning to swim is therefore a survival skill which helps reduce drownings.
 
Rule 2: Never swim alone.
 
Although swimming is a survival skill, even good swimmers can drown when they experience difficulties in the water; for instance a cramp which immobilizes a muscle. Therefore swimming alone is always unsafe.
 
Rule 3: Do not swim at a river mouth.
 
An undercurrent forms where the river and the sea meet which flows in a different direction from the surface current. An undercurrent is very strong and sucks anything and anybody into the sea.
 
Rule 4: Never dive into unclear or shallow water.
 
Diving headlong into something invisible underneath the water or into the bottom of a body of water could cause serious damage, unconsciousness and even paralysis.
 
Rule 5: Do not play in swamps, on rocks or river banks.
 
Slippery and unstable surfaces near water are always dangerous and may cause sudden falls into unknown depths.
 
Rule 6: Beware of animals like crocodile and hippopotami under the water.
 
These large and dangerous African aquatic animals keep close to riverbanks and attack easily when humans intrude upon their habitats.
 
Rule 7: Beware of swift flowing undercurrents.
 
Water can flow very forcefully through constricted areas, especially during floods when the volume of water strengthens the current.
 
Rule 8: Check the depth of the water before you enter.
 
Familiarize yourself with the depth of a river, lake of dam by using a dipstick.
 
Rule 9: Have a rope or stick handy to help someone in trouble.
 
Only go into the water to help someone in trouble if you are a qualified lifesaver. Otherwise try to help someone in trouble by means of a rope or stick or a floatation device tied to a rope that is thrown into the water.
 
Rule 10: Adult permission and supervision is a must.
 
Never go swimming without permission and always swim where a parent, guardian or adult may oversee you and your friends.

May 18, 2012

Some kids will cry at EACH Swimming Lesson

I am meeting many wonderful Swimming Specialists on-line. Here is what Victoria Campbell  writes to help parents of crying kids:

"First Days of Swim lessons are often filled with tears. Even my returning little ones who loved the water last year typically start off the new season with a day or so of tears.

For new students tears usually fall into 3 categories. First the little one who would just as easily start to cry if left in the church nursery is reacting to being handed by their Momma or Daddy to an unfamiliar person. Second, starting lessons is an introduction into a whole new experience with the water. Some have only been in the bath before. Some have been in the pool but never had their face in the water. Finally, tears are fairly common in the older child who has gotten comfortable wearing their floaties or staying only on the pool steps. Many of these children are cautious by nature and have become somewhat reluctant/apprehensive regarding the idea of learning to swim.

Seeing a child cry during lessons can be one of the most difficult parts of the process. As a parent who loves their child that is completely understandable. Here's a few things to help both you and your child through this time. First remember your child's cries are caused by many different things. It is still the way that they communicate when they are frustrated, angry, hungry, tired etc. Try to be encouraging and positive before during and after your child’s lesson. If your child brings up swimming for example saying , “No swimming lesson Mommy,” you can either gently redirect him or her to something else or say something like Mommy is so proud of how you are learning to swim like a fish. Don’t get caught up in a discussion trying to rationalize with him…it won’t work! Also don’t apologize for making her go to lessons or say, “I know this is scary.” This only focuses both of your attention on the negative and will promote more tears. During lessons, your child wants to see your confident smile when she looks at you on the pool deck. Let your child see that you feel good about what is going on in the lesson and your pride at how hard she is working. Clapping and smiling works great! Once the lesson is over praise him for his hard work is a must. Say, “Daddy saw you use your arms and legs to get to the steps. Wow, you went underwater just like Nemo or Ariel!”

As the days pass, you will be amazed by your child’s accomplishments. Most parents will see a decrease in their child’s level of crying and in some cases it will stop as the child feels the sense of accomplishment and revels in the praise he or she is receiving. It is this transition from tears to cheers that I find most satisfying as an instructor. I accept that some tears are part of the process but when a child shows up happy and ready to swim truly enjoying the experience this is as good as it gets! Nevertheless even if your child does continue to complain throughout the lessons, don’t despair. He or she is learning a valuable, potentially lifesaving skill and by next year that child will probably be done with tears. Some children also cry at every lesson but don't cry at all in the pool with Mom or Dad. Every child is unique.

As hard as these days seem, you will look back and be so grateful having made the commitment to giving your child this instruction at an early age. And sadly for his or her instructor the day comes when lessons will not even be a memory and your child will only remember the joy that comes with swimming."

May 16, 2012

The Largest Swimming Pool in the World!

The Largest swimming pool in the world At 1,013 meters (3,324 ft) in length with a total area of 8 hectares (19.77 acres), the swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile is the largest in the world. It was listed officially as the largest swimming pool by area in the Guinness Book of World Records in December of 2006.

 Read all about from Twisted Sifter.

It would be great to have swimming lessons there!

May 10, 2012

Your child forgot what she learned last year!


Spring is here and you have not had time to go to the pool all winter!  Your child thinks that she has forgotten everything he learned but he really hasn't.  Just like in school, everything has to be retaught over and over.  Start from the beginning.  Don't give your child a feeling of inadequacy or let her get scared because she has lost the confidence she had last year. 



Each child will learn at her own pace, gently lead her to overcome fears while understanding her feelings.  Keep eye contact with the child when you give directions and use a soothing voice.  

And don’t let the child forget during the year again.  Practice in the tub or try to go to an indoor pool or a Jacuzzi once a month.  Then your child will look forward to swimming all year long!

May 8, 2012

Your child seems scared of the water!



I can help you if your child seems scared of the water...
Stay in the pool steps with a toy to calm an older child who has little or no water experience.
Understand the child’s feelings, offering rewards for his hard work.  Remember also, use eye contact, and be consistent with your signals. The child must trust you because he knows he has no control in the water.  Tell the child that he is in a swimming school, and he has to follow instructions.  Teachers are magic to small children.   
Don’t give your child time to get nervous or anxious if he doesn’t like it!
Parents, you need to ignore any crying or fussing and make every activity a game. Distract your child with toys, funny noises and playful actions. Take her to other pools for additional practice.  With time, your child’s attitude and ability will improve.  Children like the excitement of learning new skills.  Reinforce these new skills by praising her frequently.
Experience with me the fun and excitement of learning how to swim!

May 7, 2012

Teach your baby to go under water

How does a baby not swallow water when he is lowered under water?  You can be gentle and teach your baby to hold his breath. Learn how with the dvd, Learn to Swim with Miss Bea.  You can gain confidence and teach your child the basics for learning how to swim and be safe in the water.  Watch how James goes underwater at 3 months in this YouTube video.  You can do it too!
James goes underwater

May 1, 2012

Babies and toddlers prepare for swimming lessons in the bathtub


This is a peek at how you can teach your baby to get used to the water and ready to go under water and float from the Learn to Swim with Miss Bea dvd. Order the dvd at www.swimbea.com or on Amazon. Watch 2 babies get used to the water in the bath tub. In the Learn to Swim with Miss Bea dvd, you will learn two primary skills necessary for swimming, holding your breath under water and floating on your back. The following suggestions will assist in developing a positive attitude about the water. At any age, the bathtub is a good place to begin. A new parent can periodically get in the tub with the baby. Let her float on her back. Hold her securely while supporting her face and moving her in the water.
Get the child used to having water on the face.
Take showers.
Pretend to swim while playing in the tub. Then your child will be ready for many pool activities demonstrated in the Learn to Swim with Miss Bea dvd.