Article in the magazine “Koita Mama”

Baby swimming is an educational programme that develops children’s skills through play in the water. It is addressed to parents and infants from 6 months to 3.5 years old.

It is scientifically proven that baby swimming strengthens children’s physique, respiratory system and heart function and improves their body posture. It helps them overcome their fears, gain confidence and become more social and independent. It is also a very constructive way to spend time with their parents and as is well known exercise keeps them from getting sick often!!!

The required documents for the enrollment in the courses are a medical certificate by a pathologist/general practitioner, a dermatologist and a gynecologist for the parents and a medical certificate by the pediatrician and three passport photos for the children.

Lessons take place in small groups at the swimming pool of Egnatia Palace Hotel in the center of Thessaloniki and are held by Nicolas Hatzigiakoumis, the programme manager of Ichtheis and one of the few and most experienced baby swimming instructors in Greece.

Source: Koita Mama magazine article

3rd Breastfeeding Event in Thessaloniki! Ichtheis Baby Swimming will be there!

In celebration of Breastfeeding Week* (1 to 7 November 2012) the Network of Breastfeeding and Motherhood Support Groups invites us to their breastfeeding event on Sunday 4 November 2012 at the White Tower in Thessaloniki, as well as in 21 other cities in Greece!

“IF I CAN DO IT…. YOU CAN DO IT TOO”

Mothers from different parts of Greece participate for the third consecutive year in the Nationwide Simultaneous Breastfeeding, which aims to promote, support and provide information, not just through a brochure or a speech, but in practice through actual breastfeeding.  There will also be discussions and distribution of information material, while mothers will have the chance to meet and talk with each other!

Most members of the Network of Breastfeeding and Motherhood Support Groups will participate in this event that will take place in all major Greek cities! All members of the Network operate voluntarily in order to promote, support and share information “from mother to mother”.

The group “Thessaloniki ― Pregnancy ― Childbirth ― Breastfeeding” awaits us at 11 am at the White Tower to breastfeed “like at home”.

Although breastfeeding is free and does not follow timetables, the babies who will want to breastfeed at around 12:00 will be counted in the Nationwide Simultaneous Breastfeeding which will take place the same time in all cities!

We will be waiting for you all around Greece,mommies, daddies, pregnant ladies, grandmas and everyone else who supports breastfeeding and would like to get informed and celebrate the Breastfeeding Week!

The event will include activities for our older children, yoga for mothers and infants, information sharing by breastfeeding experts and midwifes and many more surprises.

* In 1992, Breastfeeding Week was established by WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF on 1-7 August. In Greece, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from 1 to 7 November and this year’s theme is “Understanding the Past, Planning the Future”. This year marks the twentieth anniversary since the first Breastfeeding Week and the tenth anniversary since September 2002 that WHO and UNICEF adopted the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

WELEDA supports us! Article in NATURA magazine

WELEDA was founded in 1921 in Switzerland by a group of doctors and pharmacists. Regardless of the various trends, the company has been operating for nearly eight decades “in harmony with nature and the human being” by using biodynamic farming for the production of its cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In the framework of searching for innovative ideas, socially sustainable projects and distinguished young entrepreneurs, WELEDA supports the work of Ichtheis Baby Swimming.

Baby swimming is an educational programme that develops children’s skills through play in the water. It is addressed to parents and infants from 5-6 months to 4 years old. It takes place in the spa center of Egnatia Palace Hotel, in a swimming pool that is treated with bromine and has a constant temperature of 31-32 degrees. Classes are held once a week in groups of three or four for a total of 30 minutes (based on scientific research).

The benefits of baby swimming are unique!!!

It is scientifically proven that baby swimming strengthens children’s physique, respiratory system and heart function and improves their body posture. It helps them overcome their fears, gain confidence and become more social and independent. It is also a very constructive way to spend time with their parents and as is well known, exercise keeps them from getting sick often!!!

Our little friends will have the opportunity to play, have fun and learn how to swim according to the latest methods and by the most specialized baby swimming instructors in Greece. At an age that very few activities are suitable for infants, baby swimming comes to fill this gap with a lot of fun and learning.

Parents will be able to spend a very productive and enjoyable time with their children in spotless and fully equipped facilities. The programme is addressed to all those who look for the best when it comes to their children’s education and entertainment and wish to share such an experience with other parents.

Programme Manager – Information: Christina Chrysochoidou

Education & Training Manager: Nicolas Hatzigiakoumis – Professor of physical education, swimming and baby swimming instructor, lifeguard, water ski trainer, personal and family gymnast. He holds two baby swimming certificates from the official Australian Organization for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM), as well as degrees in first aid and diving.

Article by “Pigolampides sto klouvi” (Fireflies in the cage)

The benefits of baby swimming are unique!!!

It is scientifically proven that baby swimming strengthens children’s physique, respiratory system and heart function and improves their body posture. It helps them overcome their fears, gain confidence and become more social and independent.

It is also a very constructive way to spend time with their parents and as is well known, exercise keeps them from getting sick often!!!

  • Children who attend baby swimming classes are often able to swim before they even walk. As they advance their swimming skills, they learn how to synchronize, they become more resistant and strengthen their respiratory system.

  • The earlier children start with baby swimming, the faster they develop the necessary skills that will ensure their safety in the water.

  • The smooth and relaxing exercises in the water let them sleep better, longer and more peacefully. The parents of our little students are indeed telling us that their babies sleep better and longer after their swimming lessons.

  • Swimming offers great joy to children and allows them to develop a healthier and more dynamic personality.

  • Baby swimming helps infants develop their self-esteem and become more independent adults in the future. As they learn how to move freely in the water, they also increase their sense of well-being.

  • Parents are able to spend a very productive and enjoyable time with their children, especially at this age that very few activities are suitable for infants. That way, baby swimming builds stronger bonds between parents and children and, under the right circumstances, it increases cohesion in the family and the society in general.

  • Baby swimming is often their first experience with children of the same age. Thus they learn to socialize and interact with each other and they look forward to the next lesson. They develop their social skills much more than other children who do not participate in similar activities. Baby swimmers are thus more social!

  • Parents also have the opportunity to meet and discuss with each other about their common interests and beliefs. So children and parents socialize together.

  • Swimming classes from such a young age set a solid foundation for children’s later contact with all kinds of water sports.

Ichtheis Baby Swimming

Nicolas Hatzigiakoumis, the programme manager of Ichtheis Baby Swimming, is one of the few and most experienced baby swimming instructors in Greece. He is a professor of physical education specialized in swimming and holds two baby swimming certificates from the official Australian Organization for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM). He worked for several years as a coach and then as a programme manager at Idria, which is the first and most specialized baby swimming club in Greece, under the supervision and mentoring of Margarita Kotzia in 3 different swimming pools in Athens (OAKA, Palini, Agioi Anargiroi). His long experience as a family gymnast of eminent personalities of Athens is another aspect of his multifaceted professional background.

He also holds international degrees in lifeguarding, first aid, diving and water ski coaching and has attended numerous seminars on baby swimming and infant education.

His passion for sports, but especially his love for children (he is a father of two) are the main reasons why he decided to become an educator and then devote his life to baby swimming by starting the most organized baby swimming programme in Thessaloniki.

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