The first of a series of books, Even Pink Duck Swims takes children through the stages of learning to swim, following guidelines set by ASA. The author, Pina Hannan, is an ASA Level 3 Swimming Club Coach, ASA Level 2 Adult and Child Swimming Teacher.
Take a look what others had to say about it.
“I’m really impressed with this magical little book! One of the most effective tools for teaching young children is through story-telling, and the great thing about these stories is the messages within. The youngsters will not only learn about key water skills through play, but also hear about friendship, working with other children, helping each other, sharing, aspiration and listening to instruction.
Pina is a very experienced and successful swimming instructor, specialising in children who may have had traumatic experiences in the water or have phobias, and has written a really unique and intelligent text that young children will love and be motivated to learn how to swim. I recommend this highly.”
Russ Barber – Director of Coaching – City of Sheffield Swim Squad and 3x TeamGB Olympic Coach.
“We liked that the book was the first in a series – we thought it would be really nice to follow the characters as they progressed through the different swimming levels in the subsequent books.”
“The book is aimed at 4-7 year olds – we thought the language, story content and swimming ability of the characters was appropriate for this age group.”
“We liked the quiz at the end of the story – this would have been fun to try out practically with younger children.”
“As a parent, I would have used this book to introduce my child to the idea of swimming lessons before they started. By following the group of children through their swimming lessons, the book illustrates how the ASA programme works in practice. The book is informative, and introduces concepts such as swimming aids, technique, basic technical terms and water safety. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that learning to swim can be fun.
As a parent, learning to swim for my two children was not optional. Initially, I saw swimming as a skill necessary to preserve life in the case of an emergency, but as my children progressed through their lessons, I saw that learning to swim offered much more than this. It gave them opportunities to make new friends, have fun and develop their confidence, fitness, strength and stamina. It offered a series of goals, and a sense of achievement and pride when these were reached. My children now have a skill that will last them a lifetime.
The experiences and emotions that myself and my children encountered through the learn to swim programme are reflected in the story of ‘Even Pink Duck Swims’. I strongly believe that all children should learn to swim, and that this beautifully written book will help introduce even the most reluctant of children to the idea of learning to swim.”