We believe that a baby is an individual with their own rights:
-right to feel safe, in a safe environment
-right to learn life skills, without the use of force or coercion.
We believe that using forceful methods to teach infants to self rescue using survival back floating equates to "waterboarding torture". This is child abuse and the practice has no place in the learn to swim industry.
We believe that relying purely on inbuilt reflexes when submerging an infant is a use of force. We believe in transitioning out of the reflexive breath holding stage, into the learnt breath holding stage, before sufficient "Aquatic Readiness" is deemed to be achieved.
We believe "Aquatic Readiness" is a core principle when teaching infants. Aquatic Readiness is:
-the concept of using a prerequisite, incremental approach to the learning process, whilst taking into account the individual characteristics of the child in the moment, when attempting new or familiar swimming skills.
We believe that the water is the perfect medium to grow the bond between baby and carer, relationships pithing the family unit and between other members of the community.
We believe that a happy relationship with the water connects an individual to the environment and fosters symbiosis between people and the ocean, reefs, creeks and waterways, and the life that resides within them.
We believe we can change the course of someones life, by giving confidence to parents who would otherwise delay or avoid introducing their child to the water. Those children may grow into teenagers who avoid the water, then into adults who have never had a close relationship with water.