This is a video a one month old boy during a private lesson with his mother in the water. It is an excellent demonstration of how to use our swim products (e.g., “Rainbucket™” and “Circular Fun Mirror™”) with infants as well as a great demonstration of a baby’s introduction to the water.
The video begins with Mr. Ed introducing the baby to the water by running it over his head using the Rainbucket. This helps the child begin acclimating to the water. Using the Rainbucket method, we are able to see how Mr. Ed gradually makes the child feel comfortable with having water in his face for longer periods of time in preparation for going underwater.
Part of our unique method that enables children to learn and remember essential moves quickly is by “patterning”. In this video you can observe how Mr. Ed holds the child in the water and instructs the mother to move his legs, demonstrating “patterning” - a system of physical therapy in which a pattern of specific movements is practiced or imposed regularly as a way of improving, restoring, or stimulating muscular coordination. You can see how Mr. Ed moves the child around in the water giving the baby the sensation of water all around his body.
This video also demonstrates how Mr. Ed does the back float with the baby using a Circular Fun Mirror™ in order to provide a focal point which helps young swimmers build confidence and awareness in the water. Mirrors can also be used to distract children when they are doing something that they are unfamiliar with, such as the back float.
Later in the video you’ll see Mr. Ed run water over the child’s head with a Rainbucket™ again, only this time he progresses by immersing him in the water. You will be able to observe in a few repetitions, how much more comfortable the baby is getting using these techniques. You can clearly see that the baby does not choke on the water and has his eyes open underwater.
At the end of the video, you’ll see how Mr. Ed submerges the baby underwater and moves him forward to his mother underwater. Even though he cried a few times at the beginning of the lesson, he is completely calm at this point, demonstrating the effectiveness of our science-based system.