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Kids Love the New Swim Diapers, Developed by Ed Pemberton
Swim instructor Ed Pemberton has developed a swim diaper that is perfect for teaching children to swim that have not been potty-trained. The diaper is lightweight and made of a soft comfortable material. It comes in five sizes and four colors including red, blue, pink and white. The diapers are embroidered with a dolphin and its colorful design makes the diaper almost look like a swimming suit.
Unlike disposable diapers, the swim diapers allow more freedom of movement for the child and allow a full range of motion.
“Disposable diapers are a no-no in swimming pools,” Pemberton said. “They absorb water and become saturated. Then they begin to fall apart and get into the filtering system and it is a nightmare to get all that material out of the pool. To make matters worse they don’t prevent fecal spillage. Once they get saturated, the get large and bulky and children have difficulty walking in them and moving their legs in them. They prohibit muscular development of legs which hinders learning to swim. The value of swimming is a child gets to move their arms and legs around and they develop coordination. Disposable diapers don’t allow such movement.”
In contrast, swim diapers don’t absorb water and they don’t get bulky and prohibit a child’s leg movement. Children have full range of motion and are comfortable in the diapers.
In addition to providing ease of motion and comfort, the swim diapers are a courtesy to others.
The Centers for Disease Control and health departments across the nation have strict regulations regarding fecal accidents in which fecal matter from a child’s diaper leaks out of the diaper and into the pool. When such accidents occur pools must be shut down for several hours and decontaminated.
“I have heard people tell me they have been in public pools swimming when someone would come up and tell them to get out of the pool because it was being closed due to fecal matter in the pool,” Pemberton said. “That has never happened in my pool because I take precautions that ensure we don’t have fecal accidents. In 10 years I have had more than 9,000 infants learn to swim in my pool and never once have we had a single fecal accident.”
Pemberton prevents these accidents with the swim diaper he developed and requires all his infant students to wear.
“I had this one company present their product to me and I tested it and water went right through it,” Pemberton said. “The diaper we use here is guaranteed not to leak. This isn’t simply about safety it’s also about courtesy and providing others a clean place to swim.
“I have seen some swim diapers with snaps or buttons on the sides that make it easier to put on the child. But, often these snaps or buttons don’t hold and the diaper leaks. Our diapers are easy to put on simply by sliding them up and they never leak.”
Most parents have their children wear the diaper under their swim suits while some wear the diaper without a swim suit.
Another benefit to the swim diaper is to prevent exposure to microorganisms that may be unhealthy. One such bacteria is E-coli which is spread through improperly cooked meat or unpasteurized milk and can be passed through the water. The Centers for Disease Control and Health Departments all over the nation have established strict guidelines to control the threat of e-coli. Among these guidelines are cooking recommendations and rules and regulations for restaurants, farms and public swimming pools.
Ed Pemberton is very familiar with these guidelines and strives to ensure his pool at AdventureSwim.com maintains the utmost level of safety and hygiene often exceeding the guidelines set down by the CDC. The swim diapers prevent fecal bacteria in the water.
Ed Pemberton has taught more than 30,000 people to swim at his swimming school. Articles about his swim school and his patent pending innovations have appeared in numerous publications and web sites.
For more information about the swim diaper and other inventions by Pemberton and his swimming school, visit Pemberton’s web site at www.AdventureSwim.com. Visitors to his web site can purchase swim diapers and other products.
For more information about the Centers for Disease Control visit their web site at http://www.cdc.gov/.
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Ed Pemberton teaches Charlie, 6, to swim under water.
When Robert W. took his two grandsons, Charlie, 6 and Carter, 4, out on the lake in his boat for an afternoon of fun, he had reason for concern. As a safety precaution he routinely fitted the boys with life jackets before they took the plunge into the water. However, he soon noticed the boys had minimal swimming skills. In fact, he was concerned that if the boys were to ever fall into a lake without life jackets, they might drown due to their lack of swimming skill.
With this in mind, Robert decided to take the boys for professional swim instruction. Searching the internet, he found a local public swimming pool where lessons were being offered. He soon learned you get what you pay for.
“There was this college student giving the class,” said Robert. “He couldn’t have been 18 or 19-years- old and he was probably making minimum wage on a summer job as a swim instructor and, quite frankly, I was disappointed in the class.”
Robert noticed a lack of regimented teaching in the class. What was supposed to be an organized teaching environment appeared more like playtime with children being left to their own devices and receiving little instruction. After four lessons, Robert was disillusioned with the classes and sought instruction elsewhere.
A friend recommended he try AdventureSwim.com a swim school located in Knoxville. The school is owned and operated by Ed Pemberton, a certified swimming and SCUBA instructor, who has taught more than 30,000 people to swim and certified more than 5,000 SCUBA divers.
The boys’ grandfather enrolled the youths in private lessons and introduced them to a more regimented atmosphere. At AdventureSwim.com, the boys developed swimming skills, confidence in facing fears, discipline in learning a task, responsibility, strength and endurance.
Pemberton holds degrees in sports medicine and mechanical analysis of motion which is the study of human motion in water.
Pemberton’s approach to teaching swimming is a program that was years in the making. Even the simplest task that would seem insignificant to the untrained eye is taken into consideration.
“I use long deluxe kick boards when teaching people to swim,” Pemberton said. “This is intended to keep the arms straight, which is the proper swimming position. Some people use small narrow boards but this allows people to bend their elbows and they learn the wrong way to move your arms when swimming.”
Pemberton gives instruction to Carter, 4.
“It’s been said that ‘practice makes perfect.’ This statement is not quite accurate,” Pemberton said. “Repetition of the wrong technique sets them in stone. In reality ‘Practice makes permanent.’ It’s up to the instructor to make sure the right skills and techniques are made permanent.”
Robert was quite pleased with his decision to seek Pemberton’s instruction.
“The results have been phenomenal,” said Robert. “They have only had three lessons each and already they are diving off the diving board, swimming across the pool and doing handstands. I never would have believed it. The difference is amazing. It’s like they went from zero to skillful in just three days.”
Pemberton offers classes year round in his indoor heated pool. For more information about AdventureSwim.com visit the website or call 865-691-2525.
Teaching small children to swim is a work in progress fraught with challenges. And nobody understands these challenges better than Ed Pemberton, a swim instructor that has taught more than 30,000 students of all ages to swim. Pemberton conducts class at his school, AdventureSwim.com located in Knoxville.
In a recent group class, Pemberton gave instruction to four children that ranged in age of 5-months to 35-months.
On day one of the class, the children are carried into the water by their mothers who will be with the infants throughout the class. At first, as the children are slowly immersed in the warm water of the pool, some seem to be agitated by this new experience. Some are fretful, but Pemberton gives some encouraging words. “You’re okay, swimming is fun.”
The youngest student is Sophia, a 5-month-old girl. Pemberton frequently tells parents the best time for a child to learn to swim is between ages 1-6 months. When children are in their mothers’ wombs they utilize a breath holding reflex. Children begin to lose this reflex after birth and by 6-months the reflex is essentially gone and forgotten.
Parents are taught to hold their children from behind so the children are facing away from them. This prevents the kids from clinging to their parent.
Pemberton has the parents to pour water over the heads of the children using a rain bucket. The Rainbucket is a device developed by Pemberton and is utilized in many swimming schools around the world. The Rainbucket is a small plastic bucket with numerous holes in the bottom that allows water to gently sprinkle across the faces of small children re-training the infant breath-holding reflex as they learn to swim. Being a new experience, three of the children whine as water pours across their faces.
Daniel, who is almost 3, is somewhat more adventurous. During the first class Pemberton persuades Daniel to stand on a small platform in the water and step off into water that is just a little over his head.
Daniel takes the plunge and stays under water for five seconds. He emerges and is greeted with praise from Pemberton. Pleased with what he has accomplished, Daniel smiles proudly.
Next Pemberton teaches Grayson to float on his back. The child seems nervous as he lays back in the water with his mother holding his head for support. As a distraction she holds a mirror in front of his face. Grayson laughs and relaxes as his mother gently moves him across the water.
Pemberton turns his attention to Malaney taking the child in his arms as he pours water over her face with the Rain Bucket. She cries as the water pours over her.
Pemberton then gets the mothers to place their children on mini-playboards with their feet hanging horizontal off the end. The children are taught to kick their feet with this exercise. Two of the children cry the other two appear to be calm.
Malaney and Sophia continue to cry as class progresses. Grayson is at times fretful, but Daniel is developing confidence at great strides.
At the end of the first class, Pemberton notes that Daniel has done very well but the other three need work. Pemberton points out that teaching swimming is a work in progress.
In day two Grayson and Malaney continue to show signs of improvement but both are reluctant to go under water. Pemberton continues working with them and giving kind words of encouragement.
Daniel continues to build confidence and is prepared for any challenge Pemberton may present the child with. He goes underwater and can hold his breath for up to seven seconds. He is not afraid to jump into the pool from the side. Pemberton points out that each child will learn at his own pace.
Throughout classes three and four, the three students continue to develop their skills and their physical coordination.
By the end of class five, the mothers are all amazed at the remarkable progress of the the children. Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, the metamorphosis of the children’s skill level is awe-inspiring.
Although, Daniel continues to outpace his two classmates, their progress is impressive, nonetheless.
None of the children cry when they enter the water and all have become acclimated to the water. They are not afraid to open their eyes underwater. They are comfortable swimming under water and all have dived off the diving boards. They have all developed swimming skills that allow them to swim from one side of the pool to the other.
“They have all learned a lot and they have all done well,” Pemberton said. “But, like anything else they have to practice at home. They will get better with practice
Since the beginning of July five people have drowned in East Tennessee waters, and the number will probably increase as our hot weather prevails. These deaths probably could have been prevented if the victim had learned how to swim.
A Knoxville, TN swim teacher has a special program that can teach any adult to swim as few as 3 lessons (everyone can learn, some take a little longer than others). The only requirement is that the student “wants” to learn to swim. Classes are offered to people age 15 through 85 at his heated indoor pool in West Knoxville. Go to AdventureSwim.com or call 865-691-2525 for more details.
The instructor, Ed Pemberton, came to East Tennessee to serve on the faculty at the University of Tennessee, teaching people how to teach disabled children and adults to swim, one of his special areas of expertise. Other areas include SCUBA training (over 5000 divers certified), training swimming instructors for the Red Cross, teaching infants and children swimming—lecturing in Argentina, Greece, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, France, Mexico and more.
Pemberton holds a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine and completed PhD. study in Mechanical Analysis of Sport Activities at the University of Iowa.
The adult swimming program is scientifically-based on the correct mechanics for swimming coupled with a psychology of teaching the subconscious mind to overcome fear and enjoy the water.
Pemberton said panic is another factor in drowning.
“People panic when they go under,” said Pemberton. “In swimming classes, students learn to go under water with confidence and to control their breathing. They learn not to panic. Fear is fatal.”
Over 1000 people have taken the program successfully. Most students have come from East Tennessee and others have traveled from Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, Chicago and England.
The adult approach is to explain what and why each skill is to be done, demonstrate how the skill is done, and then talk and assist the student in completing each task until it is mastered.
The program includes rescue skills that can be used while fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, and by everyone who may find themselves around, in, or on the water.
The Centers for Disease Control reports the main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, alcohol use, and seizure disorders.
Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC estimates from 2005-2009 there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning deaths (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. Most of these occur in a 90 day period spanning June through August. This averages out to be almost 40 per day during the summer months. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.
About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children age 1-4 than any other cause except birth defects. Among children aged 1-14, drowning remains the
second leading cause of unintentional injury related death behind motor vehicle deaths.
Mothers and children agree. They all love the new swim cap by AdventureSwim. The cap helps keep a child safe while swimming by keeping the hair out of the child’s eyes allowing the child to keep his eyes open while swimming thus allowing the child to see where he is swimming. The cap allows the hair to retain less water which allows less water to run across the child’s face when coming up from under water. This helps prevent the child from developing the habit of wiping water from his face allowing him to get more acclimated to the water. Children wearing ear plugs will find it easier to keep their ear plugs in by wearing the cap over their ears.
Best of all, children enjoy the comfort. The new swim cap comes in 5 sizes. They begin at size 1 for infants, size 3 for 5-year-olds and size 5 for adults. Sizes 2 and 4 are for in-between sizes. The various sizes allows children to pick out the cap that provides the most comfort.
The cap features a ½ inch head band that provides greater comfort and will not leave a painful mark on the forehead. A headband that is too tight can irritate a child and even cause mild headaches.
In addition to the safety aspect and comfort, the children enjoy the caps because they are cute.
The swim caps are made of lycra, and comes in four colors (red, pink, white and blue) with a distinctive embroidered dolphin on the headband. What makes the swim caps so unique is the fact that these are the only caps made for babies as well as larger kids and adults.
The caps were designed by Ed Pemberton, a noted swim instructor and inventor who has taught ore than 30,000 students to swim. Pemberton has invented other devices that aid in the teaching of swimming such as the Play Board.
With more baby swim programs and activities starting everyday, the caps will be a great help in teaching a child to swim. The caps are priced at just $9.88 and may be purchased online at AdventureSwim.com. The cap comes with a 6-month warranty against manufacturers defect.
Once at the web site please browse the other products in Pemberton’s line of swim products that are designed to help your child become a better swimmer.