AQUATICS FOR THE VERY YOUNG is both a book for
parents who want to know how they can best introduce their
children to water, and an essential training manual for
teachers of pre-school aquatics.
Studies have shown that children who are taught aquatics at
an early age tend to be happier, better adjusted, smarter and
fitter. Aquatics encourages good motor skills and perception,
enjoyable social interaction, early independent movement,
the development of problem solving and coping skills, and an
efficient respiratory system.
Diny Van Dyk believes that aquatic education should start as
early as possible. A baby taught to enjoy water activities
through bathtub play and exercise with parents will graduate
happily and confidently to pool activities and acquire a range
of water skills at an early age. Young children should be able
to propel themselvesin water in many ways and possess a set
of simple survival skills such as dogpaddle, watertreading,
floating and safe entry and exit.
AQUATICS FOR THE VERY YOUNG is different from the
usual baby swimming books in that it relates the teaching of
aquatics to early childhood development and the learning
situation, as well as giving reasons for developing each ‘.
particular skill. More than 150 black and white photographs
clarify each stage of the training process and are
complemented by stimulating colour plates. The book
stresses the need for constant supervision of children in and
Diny Van Dyk is a member of the committee in Australia
responsible for establishing the VICSWIM guidelines on
teaching pre-school aquatics and for setting up the
VICSWIM accredited pre-school teachers course. A frequent
speaker on pre-school aquatics, Diny was an organiser and
speaker at the 1985 National Convention on Pre-School
Aquatics. She teaches infant aquatics at her Academy and is
Secretary of the Swim School Owners’ Association of
Australia Inc. Diny also wrote Water Safety for Infants, first
published in 1975. John Van Dyk, Diny’s husband, took all
the photographs in the book.
In good preloved condition. 126 pages. Softcover.
ISBN 0 340423102