Infant water adjustment class.

MissJeanswimming/infant classes are for 6 months to 12 months,

What is water adjustment? Has we know babies come from water, and then adjust to having air and gravity. The sooner infant’s have a chance to adjust back to weightless floating the better.We are working on back floating and rolling over, with this age group we are working on water adjustment and having fun in the water. The class is 20 minutes because that’s what a baby can handle as far as a stimulus. We are singing songs that kids are familiar with but with a swimming theme. Songs are “If you happy and you know it splashes your hands ” “motorboat, motorboat”, “The Wheels on the bus”, “twinkle twinkle little star”( back float ), “my bonnie lies over the ocean”( back float).”Fishes in the ocean “(jumping song). or” Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall”. (jumping song). “Clean up, Clean up”, (cleaning up song at the end of class.) when it comes to learning to more time in the water the better. coming to the pool and playing with your parent is most kids’ favorite thing. You can take one lesson a week but be in the water every day, practicing those skills learned in class. having fun by learning and playing is the key.

While there may be crying, the goal is to teach kids about their environment.

little swimmr with his face in the water smiling

As parents, we do everything we can to childproof our lives. You can put a gate around the pool. lock on the toilet seat, but if your child is determined to go in the water, they will get there.  Loving the water begins before birth, infants are surrounded by water hearing everything thru the water. So to me, it’s a reintroduction to water. The longer you wait, the more they forget. We all started as fish, I tell my students,” let your little fish out!” to be real infants aren’t going to swim, they will tadpole and learn to roll over. But most infants don’t have the strength to swim face down, for longer than a stroke or two.

To help with strength building we do a lot of crab walking and climbing out of the pool.

When you see new swimmers it’s a modified crawl(baby style), looks like climbing a ladder. that keeps the weight under the infant, like an ice cube, floating half under and half on top. When I  teach infants to go underwater, it’s with glides to parents, showing that a facedown position keeps water out of their noses. I encourage parents with kids that “don’t like their face to be wet”. To introduce the babies to the shower. where their face is wet but not under the water. Teaching them to wipe their own face instead of needing a towel. I used a bathtub seat with suction cups on the bottom and bath toys with my kids. They wanted to be in the shower with me anyway.

This is a list of things that help with swimming lessons.

  1. Another way I help infants float is to put them in wetsuits.
  2. Swim caps help so many things keeping hair out of their faces, keeping heads warm, and protects from the elements like sun and wind, there is a bonus of extra floating as well.
  3. I find introducing goggles at this age is easier than later on.
  4. Babies are full of air and fat so they will float naturally, but float requires your ears to be in the water which can be uncomfortable and the reason most kids cry. We will use the motorboat song to roll from front to back and roll again to front.
  5. When we work on jumps it’s really a sit /dive. where the kids learn to fall face-first into the water and then pop up and grab the wall. that’s the first skill we work on. Falling in and finding the wall. then crab-walking to the steps.
  6. A lot of parents are putting water shoes on their kids because the deck can get very hot, but the shoes also help with keeping their feet floating when they are vertical in the water.
  7. Of course, infants need to wear a swim diaper, NB pool requires a disposable swim diaper with a permanent swim diaper over it.
  8. Teaching your child to be safe is an ongoing task, whether it’s walking across the street looking both ways or taking the car out for the first time. They need to live and learn, and I’m here to guide you in keeping your kids safe around water.
  9. Join me at Northbridge recreation center in San Rafael for lessons for your family.

Miss Jean

What you need for successful swim lesson.

I would say the first thing you need is a master swim instructor , like myself. At least 1,000 hours of teaching swimming to start. All master instructors have over 10,000 hours of teaching, hundreds of students of all ages and abilities. I think that parent/instructor bring something special in experience with different personalities. I know for myself a mother of 4 kids in 5 years 2 with special needs, I feel completely prepared for my new swimmers. I will encourage kids to feel their emotions, even if it’s crying or fear. I’m strict but funny, I don’t ask rhetorical question’s.The goal is for everyone to succeed, I use positive language and visualization. I reward good behavior, with treats or little toys when they are earned. My favorite treat are P.B. Assist jr. It a kids probiotic, from doterra essential oils, kids tend to drink water so it’s a win-win for their stomach and getting the whole lesson done. I’m a advocate for holistic wellness with doterra and can answer any questions you may have about their products for kids.

The second thing the helps with success of the lessons is the tools I use.

Treasure and Marsh mellow sticks

Marshmellow sticks are a great balance to a new swimmer, different from a kick board which has little floatation to a new swimmer. Kickboards benefit a stronger cord swimmer to work on their streamline. Using fins for all ages is a must. Fins build muscle and provide a stream line position for all ability of swimmer. Hint don’t let your kids wear them outside the pool it will break them and causes kids to fall. I encourage sunsuit or lite wetsuits for swimmer that will be in the water/sun regularly. They also provide more support for streamline flotation, keep the kids warm, protected from the sun. Googles and swim caps are the most important things everyone needs to get the most out of a swimming lesson. It doesn’t matter whether it has a nose piece, like a snorkle mask.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Miss Jean

How I Creating a Positive Mindset Swim Lesson.(PMS)lol

     When teaching new students I alway’s lead with positive language. The moments of youth I remember clearly was competition with my Dad. He called me Jean The great, over and over. It was his way to inspire me to race to the car, the chairlift ,or the end of the pool. The goal was to win/impress Dad and show off. It also helped me really feel proud of myself. Seeking a parents approval, is most kids goal. I use lots of toys and equiptment for success. When you have a high achiever child, it can be challenging, as it should be no one walk’n over your kid! But when they don’t want to do something you know it. Tiring doesn’t even describe it. Does your sweet angel look like these brothers?

     Dad’s smiled when I was the strongest, fastest, bravest even rebellious. He never let me win, I had to earn it. One of my best tips is if your kid doesn’t sit still, I can work with that.I only ask questions that I know I’m going to get “yes” as the answer. I’m working with the caveman brain, save yourself , skillsets. I do a lot of racing with younger kids. It makes the lesson more fun and structured at the same time. They’re in competition with me… their teacher, someone 2 x 3 times their height, weight, and experiences in racing. I’m always talking about swim team in their future. Using a positive mindset of talking about all the fun they will have in water, before they even put their faces in, works wonders.They rise to the top, on their willpower to improve and be stronger than everyone else. When they focus on training and winning, there is no stopping them. This is my goal in class to coach and guide each child to be their best.

    My lessons sometimes sound like therapy, and I do have swim therapy for some students who have extra fear or blocks that need a warm up point before the lesson starts. Some kids need more time.  This is not all kids, this is probably 50% with DNA<parenting. But 20% no matter their situation, they are braver, stronger, more rebellious, or shy, scared and fearful. Basically everyone is different, and we have control of very little. I help kids be aware of the things they do have control of, making a plan before they start running for the pool.

     As a master swim instructor ,I’m a tough cookie, no rhetorical questions, “crying is healthy”, and practice is super fun.  When a kid is losing his or her mind, I’ll change the subject’What are you having for lunch or dinner?, is one of my favorites. I really do talk to everyone as If I’m their mother, sister, grandmother. But either way, I’m saying the same thing, which is I only reinforce good behavior, and you can get out  when the 3 skill sets are finished. As a reward you can stay and play, if it’s ok with your parents. Keeping toddlers on point is a skill I have in spades.  After teaching swimming for 30+ years, I have heard it all.  These funny conversations , provide me with great joy.  Kids say what on their minds at this age. Here are a couple of my favorite student video’s. They’re working on various skills and all beginner lessons.

     Creating a positive environment and mindset are key to success, in swimming lessons and in life. I consider myself the first life coach of your kids. Teaching important skill’s that will be used outside the pool setting.I’m blessed to see the same students week after week, year after year. With relationships of trust at a very young age. Most kids haven’t been told what to do by someone besides their parents. Kids think that their parents are going to save them, if they cry run away are throw a tantrum. This is a rude awaking when they hear the words “Miss Jean is in charge.” The first lesson is the hardest for everyone. This is when  habits to “get out of something,” doesn’t work. Keeping it positive and reminding them they can pick which skill they want to do first. They can ask for” a moment” or “wiggle time’. I give lots of breaks, but we always complete the skillsets.

     I tell all my parents that their kids will be working as instructor and lifeguards for me some day.  Teasing that they will get all their money back spent in lessons when their kids turn 16. You can become a lifeguard /swim instructor at 16. It gives them a chance to dream big.  To think about their future, to visualize. All my children where lifeguards or swim instructor’s in their teens. I love pointing to the lifeguard chair and say”that’s my son lifeguarding over there. Lifeguards are hero’s  like policemen ,or firemen someone you look up to and have to listen to. In fact most hero type jobs, start with teenagers who work for park and recreation jobs. I have some many parents tell me they where swim instructors, camp counselors and lifeguards themselves. I’m so blessed to do my life’s work right now, so proud of everyone out there trying to be themselves to the best of their ability at that moment.

Miss Jean

CEO of Missjeanswimming, in Marin, and Bay Area. Operates at Northbridge Recreation Center, San Rafael, Ca.

Are puddle jumpers killing our children?

To puddle jump or not. I’m on the fence I have recommended them in the past but she makes so really good points. I still like them and will use them, but they can give parents and students a false sense of confidence. We always have to be super aware.

I watched this video this morning, It was recommended to me because we are part of the Kelsey Kode. Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 11.56.59 AMA Like-Minded people who have come together to support the mission to save 185,000 lives from drowning and over 1 million lives from non-fatal drowning worldwide by June 15, 2029, following a Code that is set by understanding risk and participating as a collective community to support one another in the overall goal and mission.

Through The Kelsey Kode, you have the ability to learn from some of the industry leaders and to quickly and easily tell thousands of other members about who you are and your Company, Business, and Organization, how you provide solutions to the problem giving you the opportunity to educate people.

 I run a swim school in Marin County, Ca. and an Master in my field. While my method of survival teaching varies from hers the idea is the same. Help kids to survive in the water by teaching skills that help them roll for a breathe. Which requires them to have their ears in the water. Screen Shot 2019-03-31 at 1.59.01 PM

As you can see from the video the baby crys a little, a wimper really. That’s a good sign believe it or not. Crying for a baby in the pool is an alarm. You would rather hear your child cry instead of not crying. Most parents can’t stand to hear their children cry and will pull them from lessons saying they will bring them back when their “more ready”. Just like learning to crossing the street , it takes practice. Little kids are not known for good listening skills. More ready is now. Here’s a video of my swim swim roll skill set from a few years ago.

As lifeguard trainer for 20 years and a swim instructor for 30 + years, teaching is my mission in life. I have kids start at 3 months just 10 minutes a couple of times a week. We practice 3 skills sets 10 times in private lessons.

Tips for getting kids used to water in their face before putting them into a pool.

  • Putting children in the shower is great way to get them used to water on their face. I had 4 children is 5 years so If i took a shower most of the kids where in with me or just in the bathroom. I had the bath chairs that suctioned to the bottom of the tube and give them toys to play with.

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  • Putting googles on them in the house, Call them bravery glasses or magic.
  • Use a mirrior with your child so they can practice closing their mouth, some kids are copy cat learners. So my turn your turn works well.

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If your child is fearful of going under follow up here. I believe everyone can learn to swim. For more information on missjeanswimming check out my facebook page.

The beginning of my life

MY ANCESTRY; recordkeepers, records on herself

I was born 1969 in San Francisco, My father Clifford William Dorman, Son of 2nd generation Natives, Clifford Thomas Dorman and his wife Weltha Taylor of Alameda, Ca. They were married late in life, Weltha had married at 23 years old, a Gunn Surname I would surmise, based on the name on her marriage certificate, and divorced by 1930 divorced early in her life 36 years and stayed home with her mother until my great-grandmother, Lulu S Taylor, born  Jan 1869  California, . My great grandmother passed, July 7, 1932, in Alameda, California,  Weltha is listed in the 1930 census as the daughter, divorced, with no occupation. Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 12.26.47 PM

She was married two months later, to my grandfather, Clifford Thomas, Dorman.  They met at a dance and my grandfather who was 48 years old, was a decade older than her.

They were married in Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, Oakland, Ca.

Gunn maybe from a previous marriage
Marriage license Clifford Thomas Dorman, and Weltha G. Gunn, Maiden name is Taylor.

They were being foster parents to my father Clifford William Dorman when he was 18 months old. I story goes my father was found in an empty house in a nice neighborhood. He was clean and well fed. Recollection, from my mom, Edward Elliot, was on a card, nice clothes, and baby basket, in San Francisco or Sacremento. My father said he doesn’t know where she got that story, He said he didn’t find out till he was 14, “I don’t know much but she doesn’t know anything.” I have a postcard from an aunt Ruth Keene.Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 12.53.12 PM


I was born in San Francisco, in 1969, 5 days before we landed on the moon. My mother met my father while she was going the Dominican, my dad was the president of his fraternity at San Francisco City College, He was drafted and was in the band, and ran wire for telephone poles. He was very thin on the side of the poles he had to climb. He also played the Saxophone or horn in the band. read more about the summer of love, New communism, the farms, and strawberry hills, and a few articles I copy and pasted from the web.

The hippie subculture began its development as a youth movement in the United States during the early 1960s and then developed around the world.

Its origins may be traced to European social movements in the 19th and early 20th century such as Bohemians, and the influence of Eastern religion and spirituality. From around 1967, its fundamental ethos — including harmony with nature, communal living, artistic experimentation particularly in music, and the widespread use of recreational drugs — spread around the world during the counterculture of the 1960s, which has become closely associated with the subculture.

Classical culture

The Hippie movement has found historical precedents as far back as the Mazdakist movement in Persia, whose leader the Persian reformer Mazdak, advocated communal living, the sharing of resources, vegetarianism and free love.[1] A 1967 article in Time Magazine asserted that the hippie movement has a historical precedent in the counterculture of the Ancient Greeks, espoused by philosophers like Diogenes of Sinope and the Cynics.[2] The article also claimed that the hippies were influenced by the ideals of Jesus ChristHillel the ElderBuddhaSt. Francis of AssisiHenry David ThoreauGandhi, and others.[2] Some[who?] have pointed to the short-lived Merrymount colony in 1625 (allegorically portrayed by Nathaniel Hawthorne in “The Maypole of Merry Mount)” as the first hippie experience on the American continent.