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Why Baby Survival Swim?

The classes are individual and personalized, the instructor adapts to each child.

It is experiential, we focus on creating safety habits. A child learns what to do if he finds himself in the water unexpectedly.

Progress is seen in days, not months.

We do not use floats in our classes, children learn to use their own buoyancy and independent abilities as well as know their limitations.

Highly trained instructors with CPR and First Aid certifications.

How was Baby Survival Swim Born?

When Toti was pregnant with her first child while living in Morocco, she began researching methods to «teach a child to swim.» 

In 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended starting swimming lessons at age 4, since at that time it was believed that younger children could not learn to swim. 

Drowning was also reported to be the leading cause of accidental infant mortality in children under 5 years of age.

He installed a fence around the pool but also discovered that small children could learn to float to avoid drowning.  He taught his first son to float and then his little brother. 

When her friends saw an 18-month-old baby floating on her back and then swimming to the edge of the pool by herself, they began asking her if she could teach their children too. 

More and more people asked for this method and thus Baby Survival Swim was born.

Why our Clients Recommend Our Courses?

Michelle Viau de Falla
Michelle Viau de FallaGuatemala
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A few weeks ago we were on vacation and in the hotel's deep pool there were some inflatable games (climbing wall, slides, etc). My son was playing there, along with my husband. Then, my 2-year-old niece arrived, who also wanted to get into the pool. My husband turned to the edge to grab it and that's when he heard a "splash" in the water..

It was my son, who had thrown himself off the slide without waiting for my husband to receive him. My husband was holding my niece and since he was halfway up the pool and it was deep, he began to see how my son kicked to keep from sinking. But in that moment, in a matter of seconds, he put himself in a back float position and stayed floating, waiting for my husband to go get him. Taking my son to the course is one of the best decisions I have made for him. It is really reassuring to know that he will be able to be safe in a dangerous situation in a place where there is water. I never thought it could happen to us, but in a second, even when my husband was there with him, something happened that if I hadn't known what to do, it could have ended badly.

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Nancy Meneses Dobois
Nancy Meneses DoboisGuatemala
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In July 2014 we went swimming to a club, my husband stayed with the children in the kid´s pool while I went to the restaurant on the 2nd level. I walked over to the balcony that overlooks the pool to tell them it was time to get out, and my husband went out to get the towels but left the kids in the pool. I saw how our 20-months-old son lost his balance and sank, and in a couple of seconds he was already floating on his the back!

No matter how much I shouted to warn that he had fallen, no one heard me. Although there were many people in and out, around the pool, no one noticed, not even the two lifeguards on duty, since they were all watching the the world cup soccer game. Hans stayed on the back float until my husband came back. The course not only teaches children the tools to save themselves but also gives them the security and self-confidence to make decisions in times of emergency.

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Adriana Naim
Adriana NaimGuatemala
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Thank you so much Baby Survival Swim for teaching my 3 children how to float and self rescue, how to be “water competent”. We were able to see the good results just a few weeks after finishing the course. My second, 2-year-old daughter, fell into the pool. She immediately managed to float and scream for help.

We were all around the pool with her but no one had noticed she had fallen. Thanks to the course, and the self rescue skills she learned, my daughter was able to float long enough to call for help and wait for for rescue.

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Eduardo Garcia
Eduardo GarciaGuatemala
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I have two children, Javier, 3-years-old and Adrian, 2-years-old. I was in a hotel pool with Javier, while on the other side of the pool I saw my little two-year-old, Adrián, fall into the water. I ran to rescue him, those seconds were pure anguish. But upon arrival, my son was calmly floating on his back calling out to me.

I realized how important the course had been. Baby Survival Swim not only saves lives but children can enjoy the water safely.

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Sara Fernández Valencia
Sara Fernández ValenciaCasablanca, Marruecos
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Hello, my name is Sara Fernández, and now I am going to tell you how the Baby Survival Swim course, that my son took, saved his life. I am Spanish, but I have been living in Casablanca for several years; I met Mónica Fernández through some mutual friends, she explained to me the course she taught, Baby Survival Swim, and I decided to take my son, who was one and a half years old at the time; What I didn't know at the time was that this decision was going to save my son's life.

First, I need to explain that I consider myself a "super protective" mother, a "mother hen", one of those who do not take their eyes off her child for even half a second. One placid day in May, I met with several of my friends and their children at a friend's house. As it was spring, it was not yet scorching hot and some children decided to get in the pool and others, like my son, decided not to change and play ball in the garden. We were sitting just three meters away from them. We watched while we chatted… but it was then, in tenths of a second, that I withdrew my attention, when I heard my son call me, “mama, mama” I immediately directed my gaze to the garden, which is where I had been a minute ago, playing ball; not seeing him nervous, I looked around because I didn't know where his screams were coming from... my surprise was, when I approached the big deep pool, I saw him in the middle, fully dressed and with shoes, floating on his back while he called me . I went in to take him out calmly, because he was calm, he felt safe doing the back float. He transmitted serenity to me, he wasn't scared… he knew what he had to do, he had done it many times with Monica. It was when we got home that when I told my husband about it, we were fully aware of what it could have been, and how our lives could have become hell, for that split second when you lose your attention. Taking him to the survival swimming course has been, for the moment, the best investment and decision of my life. I hope that this testimony will help many mothers make the decision to take their children to the “survival swimming” course, in order to avoid a tragedy, as, thank God, didńt happen to us. Thank you Baby Survival Swim.

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Salvador López
Salvador LópezCasablanca, Marruecos
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In 2007, in the middle of winter, we made a trip to our beach apartment located in a town called Sabinillas, very close to Malaga. My children love to go there because we have a garden and a swimming pool. A few minutes after arriving, screams and cries could be heard coming from outside. We ran out to see what was happening and we found my 3-year-old son Ubai in the middle of the pool

with his little face out of the water, let's say he had done the back float, it wasn't perfect but good enough to save himself, he was in the middle of the self rescue course, he may had done about 3 weeks but thanks to this, he was able to save his life. His father pulled him out of the water, we sheltered him and he kept crying because he got scared. Now we remember that and we know that the Baby Survival Swim course had been the best investment we could make, even more so without knowing that it would really save my son's life.

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Jamie Sherman
Jamie ShermanGuatemala
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We were at lake Atitlán in Guatemala, having breakfast. Matías, my 3-year-old was playing by the poolside and, without anyone noticing, he fell in the pool, fully dressed and tennis shoes. He floated on his back, didn’t scream for help but was floating and breathing, the girl he was playing with warned us. Thank you Baby Survival Swim, I never expected to see the effectiveness of the course, you never want to test it, but the last layer of protection did save his life.

Flotaba boca arriba, no gritaba pidiendo ayuda, pero flotaba y respiraba, nos advirtió la niña con la que jugaba. Gracias Baby Survival Swim, nunca esperé ver la efectividad del curso, nunca querrás probarlo, pero el curso le salvó la vida.

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It happened in the Mediterranean Sea when we were camping in the north of Morocco. At one moment, my eyes were focused on Lilo (my 3 year old son), he was pushing the limits feeling very confident swimming underwater after a month at the beach. Suddenly I heard people screaming and running towards the ocean as they had just seen a one and a half year old boy lost in the sea.

I looked in the same direction but didn't have the same reaction: They were running to rescue the poor kid, I was walking calmly, congratulating Ness on his “self rescue” and for floating so well on his back. When I pulled him out of the water, Ness wasn't laughing of course, but he wasn't panicking either. What he didn't expect was that the witnesses would start calling me names and yelling at me. They clearly considered me a bad mother and a potential murderer. I tried to explain to them that I knew my boy was safe when I saw him floating on his back, he had finished his 6 week course of Survival Swim and was the best floating baby on the back float. But they did not listen or understand me. At one point I got angry for being attacked on this point that I consider to be the opposite (I am a mother hen, over protective. I struggle and made an effort for my children to go from Mohamedia to Casablanca (approx. 50 km), every day for 6 weeks for them to take the Baby Survival Swim course, while working at the same time). My reaction was to throw Ness into the water, and let him do his “survival show” in front of the attackers. They couldn't believe it even with their own eyes! His angry faces turned to happy faces, as if they had seen an angel or God himself. This time, they queued up to give Ness a kiss. I know, he is an angel! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Pascal Jeampi Capdenat
Pascal Jeampi CapdenatCasablanca, Marruecos
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Ferdi was 4 years old when he took the Baby Survival Swim course. We had just moved from London to Casablanca, and decided that the intensity of the course and the short duration of it was a good option for Ferdi to learn to swim as quickly as possible.

Ferdi was very athletic, and an obedient boy so it didn't take long for him to learn to do the back float. He graduated, and we decided that he should continue once a week so that he could learn swimming technique. Ferdi loved going to his classes, he improved, socialized, played and felt comfortable in a warm pool. A few weeks ago, we were on Lake Bin El Ouidan in Morocco, fishing while standing on a raft. Ferdi lost his footing and fell into the water. I saw him fall, and before throwing myself to catch him I wanted to see how he reacted. I was excited and filled with pride when I saw him swim faster than he had fallen towards the shore. At that moment I said to my son: "Do you realize that what you learned at the course saved your life?" And he screamed: "Yes, thanks you Baby Survival Swim"

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Kenza Belkahia
Kenza BelkahiaCasablanca, Marruecos
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Kayss started his Baby Survival Swim course when he was 17 months old. He cried a lot but in the second week he was already floating on his back and his crying changed of tone and turned into a complaint. He cried for 4 weeks but he always did what the instructor asked him to do.

Outside the course he refused to enter a swimming pool. When he finished the course he continued to go once a week to practice and to learn to swim. Something clicks on Kayss and he stops crying and now he wants to go to his class and starts to love the pool and the classes. One day, we were in Marrakech at my parents' house, where we have an indoor pool, inside a room that the door is always locked. Kayss was a little over two years old, when suddenly, I see him coming with his cloths all wet. When we went to check, the gate to the pool was accidentally left open. He must have entered, approached the edge to grab a toy, and fell into the water. He managed to get out on his own. He was proud but scared. Thanks to Baby Survival Swim, we were not victims of the tragedy of losing a child to drowning.

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Fadoua Moussamih
Fadoua MoussamihCasablanca, Marruecos
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I am the mother of two boys, Mamoon, 5, and Hamza, 3 and a half. My oldest son, when he was only 2 years old, fell into the pool at home. Luckily I was there. After this incident, Mamoon did not want to go near a pool again. I started taking them to the Baby Survival Swim courses in Casablanca, Morocco, in mid-June 2009.

At first it was hard because the boys didn't want to get into the pool. The instructor was very patient, and at the end of the first week they themselves asked to go. After the 4-week course, they were totally independent, swimming and back float to breathe. In the middle of July, I was having dinner with my husband inside the house when I heard Hamza crying, shouting “I'm cold. I'm cold. Hurry. Hurry." We ran out to the garden, and there he was, Hamza in his pajamas and slippers all wet. Mamoon, my big one, began to laugh at her brother in a mocking tone "Hamza fell into the pool and came out wet". That is when I realized the importance of this Baby Survival Swim course. The lives of our children are priceless! My son was saved thanks to what he learned in this course! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Mauricio y Paola Valladares
Mauricio y Paola ValladaresGuatemala
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In just 4 sessions I was able to appreciate the value of the course. My daughter Camila, after finishing her class, fell alone into the deep end without any adult inside. Thanks to what she learned, she floated on her back until the instructor got in the water to lift her up.

Stéphane y Murielle Lorilloux
Stéphane y Murielle LorillouxCasablanca, Marruecos
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I am very sensitive about the subject of drowning accidents in children. In fact, I am an Emergency Doctor at SAMU (Emergency Medical Services) in France. I have had to face several situations of children who have suffered accidental drownings where death has occurred or they have been left with brain damage. It's always the same story, everything happens so fast, a few minutes, even seconds when these tragedies occur.

Even the protections mandated by law in France and many developed countries fail (alarms, barriers, fences, the door that someone forgets to close...) Children fall into swimming pools, lakes, canals, etc. On a personal note, my two-year-old daughter, during a summer, got overconfiden with the wings (arm-floats) from days spent in the pool. One day she forgot that she did not have them on and jumped into the water. There was never a sound to alert us or any "splash", and she went straight to the bottom. I was lucky to see her and save her, but for a long time she didn't want to get into a pool. This is the reason why we never wanted to have a pool where we lived. When someone told me about the Baby Survival Swim courses taught by Monica Fernandez, I contacted her, after a few questions, I signed up my two daughters, ages 3 and 4. I even took them out before school after talking to the school principal, since Monica didn't have space at the times that were convenient for us, but for me it was a matter of priority. After the 4 weeks, the result was magnificent, I was so proud to see them swimming like little fish, independent and safe, always turning around to float on their back either to take a breath or to rest and continue to grab the wall . After the course, they continued to learn to swim and strokes. But the base, the safety of it, my first priority! Thank you a thousand times Baby Survival Swim

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jenny castillo
jenny castilloGuatemala
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My daughter was saved thanks to the self rescue course she took . We went to Iztapa to show a couple of American friends the Pacific Ocean. We asked a boatman to take us across the channel to see the Ocean up close, none of us had life jackets because it was just 20 meters to get to the other side. The boat's propeller got tangled in some seaweed and our American friend jumped out of the boat and into the water to untangle it. When he jumped the boat did not resist the force of the jump and turned over (we lost phones and a tablet).

It was not deep because we could stand on the muddy bottom and the water was up to chest height. The first thing I did when I stood up was to desperately look for my daughter. A few seconds later I see her 10 meters away floating. She was crying, she was scared but she had managed to position herself in relation to the surface and was floating on the back while we came to rescue her. Thank´s to Baby Survival Swim my daughter was saved. In that murky water we wouldn’t have been able to find her if she had been under the surface.

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María Yáñez de Canahuati
María Yáñez de CanahuatiCasablanca, Marruecos
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When we lived in Morocco, the good weather made it possible to have a swimming pool in the garden of the house. But its location, so close to the exit door to the living room, scared my husband and me for our daughter, who was 18 months old. Therefore, at 10 months we decided to enroll her in the Baby survival Swim self rescue course.

We were convinced that it was the best and safest option not only because we had the pool at home, but in case we went on vacation or to friends' houses with swimming pools, or to the ocean. We were also convinced that it would be something we would never have the opportunity to verify, since we never take our eyes off her every time we were in the garden and we always had the access door to the pool closed and locked for security. One day, while my husband and I were bathing in the pool with her, when we got out of it, while we were putting on the towel, she fell into the water. I can't even say that my back was turned and I didn't see her, that I answered the phone or that I was careless. My daughter's leg was touching my knee when she fell, but although both my husband and I were about to jump into the water to get her out, we also wanted to see how she reacted on her own: and we verified that the course was effective. She did exactly what she had repeated in her class so many times: When she resurfaced, she laid on her back to breathe and very calmly, as if it were a game, she called me. Since I didn't pull her out, she rolled over, swam, and rolled back onto her back to breathe again. And so on until she reached the edge and she was able to hold on, which was another of the exercises she did in class. Although we (not her) were nervous, it was a precious moment in which we could verify that she could save her life in case of an accidental fall in water. It has been without a doubt one of the best things we have done for her and the best money spent on her. What we liked the most and what influenced us to take the course is that it was not a simple swimming course but rather individualized attention for my daughter with her instructor. In those 10 minutes there was no one but the two of them in the water and the instructor had the commitment to teach my daughter (with games, laughter and a lot of love as well) to save her life in a dangerous situation. I will always be grateful to Baby Survival Swim for something so important.

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Paola Bruni de Lorenessi
Paola Bruni de LorenessiGuatemala
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My son Marcelo was sitting on an inflable when his cousins ​​accidentally made him fall. I watched him fall from the dining room. Seeing the incident I screamed and ran to his rescue. As I approached the pool’s side, I watched as he kicked to the surface and floated to await rescue, just what he learned in the Baby Survival Swim self rescue course. Marcelo applied the techniques learned. The course is 100% worth it. As much as we take care of them and be cautious, it is best to give them the tools. It is up to them to survive and that they have that last chance if all else fails.

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Ruthie Pichotto Comte
Ruthie Pichotto ComteMéxico
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I have 2 sons: Ian who took the Baby Survival Swim water competencies and self rescue course at 18 months-old and 3-year-old Noah, which whom I hadn’t been able to take him to the course cause we live in Mexico and because of the pandemic and the travel restrictions didn’t allow us to fly to Guatemala.

A few weeks after Noah took the course, we were at a hotel’s roof pool, my husband was right next to the children and my father next to him. The phone rang and I stood up and turned my sight away. My husband turned away to say something to my dad, and withing seconds, Noah lost his footing and went under but as soon as he fell, he floated and started screaming “mommy, mommy”, I threw my phone a rushed to the pool, my husband was closer so he jumped to pick him up; he told me: “I swear I turned for a few seconds, to say something to your dad, when I turn hearing the screams”. I took the towel and comforted him. I told Noah that he did what he was supposed to do, he was crying. We were in shock about how fast it all happened, we were directly supervising our sons. With Ian, who took the course a couple of years before, we never had the chance to see if the course worked (nobody wants their child proving it’s survival skills). I do believe that if he hadn’t learned to float and scream, I would be telling the same story. The course’s technique is effective and I am great-full Baby Survival Swim exists and works.

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