Organisers

This is Birthlight’s third International conference but it is the first purely dedicated to the aquatic environment and a first for the UK to bring together so many experts in their field. The world of aquatics is changing and Birthlight is one of the leading lights. This conference is sure to enlighten and enrich every aquatic teacher and interested professional.

This conference is organised by Birthlight and it’s senior Aquatic tutor team.

Birthlight is a friendly charity and teacher-training organisation focusing on the holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood, on land and water.   The inspiration for birthlight’s gentle yet dynamic approach to baby swimming comes from Amazonian forest people with whom Françoise Freedman lived as an anthropologist.  Birthlight baby swimming courses bring together principles of body balance in water, swimming teaching techniques, research on the teaching of water safety skills for babies and the positive effects of joyful parent-baby interaction on overall child development. Birthlight Water Parenting™ method ranging  from Aquanatal Yoga to toddler swimming as well as special baby and toddler swimming  is internationally acclaimed.

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Françoise Freedman


Birthlight Founder Director


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Birthlight is founded and run by Dr Francoise Freedman, an anthropology lecturer at Cambridge University.

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Sally Lomas


Birthlight Director of Training


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Amanda Gawthrope


Birthlight Tutor


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Shawn Tomlinson


Birthlight Tutor


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We would also like to thank Jo Wilson for her support and assistance in helping to set-up and organise the conference.