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About WABC

Virginia Hunt Newman 

WABC Founder  

A pioneer of infant swimming instruction,
Virginia authored
Teaching an Infant to Swim
Teaching Young Children to Swim and Dive

Virginia became world famous for teaching babies to swim beginning in the 1960's and resided and taught near Los Angeles for most of her life. She passed away in 2009.  Article & Photos

She was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the National Swim School Association for her contributions to the development of aquatic programs for babies and young children.. 
ISHOF Profile

Today Virginia's dream and work of connecting people around the world on aquatic programs for babies and children is carried on by
Steve Graves WABC President.


Our international focus is on the learn to swim process ...

teaching so that students do learn.


  Founded as World Aquatic Babies Congress in 1993 became Aquatic Babies & Children in 2006. WABC is an educational service and sharing network devoted to informing and inspiring people working with babies and children in the water.  Today, aquatic education for babies and children is gaining rapid acceptance and interest around the world.  More than 30 countries including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Brazil,  Mexico, and Norway, have aquatic education programs specially designed for young children and infants.

Educational conferences beginning in 1990 in Tokyo have led to biennial WABC events ever since. Conference founders were Yumiko Hayashi of Japan, author of "Baby Swimming Q & A" and host to the 1990 gathering; Diny Van Dyk of Australia, author of "Water Safety for Infants" and host to the 1995 gathering; and Virginia Hunt Newman of the United States, author of Teaching an Infant to Swim and Teaching Young Children to Swim and Dive.  In 1993 Newman conducted the first "World Aquatic Babies Congress" in Los Angeles and began to form an organization (by the same name) to bring together professionals from around the world who were interested in aquatic education of babies.

Serving professionals and parents, WABC ...