Beatriz Esesarte Pesqueira of Oaxaca, Mexico was the recipient of the 2013 Virginia Hunt Newman International Award. The honor is given annually by the World Aquatic Association for Babies and Children to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to conducting aquatic programs for babies and young children in a kind, loving, caring, and gentle way so they learn to love the water.
Beatriz is the founder and director of Acuarela Education Acuasomática begun in 1988. She has since worked continuously to find better ways to teach to swimming by applying scientific research in psychomotor learning. Over the past 25 years she has developed Aquasomatic Education that combines human evolution and the learning process with the naturally stimulating water environment. Respect for water is necessary to be “waterwise” she says.
The multidisciplinary approach Beatriz uses brings together findings and theories from recognized scientists and experts – Wallon, Winnicott, Spitz, Piaget, Bowlby, Freud, Reich and especially Vitor da Fonseca who came to collaborate with her in 2010 validating her teaching process based on the Psychomotor Human System and the Tritemporality of Human Motricity that involves the sociocultural process as an important element of learning. The presence of the mother in the baby swim classes is a must Beatriz states because of the five phylogenetic competences: sustained attention, interaction, affiliation (human interaction with immature beings), gesticulation, and imitation. She and her team have been doing formal research on these competences and she will present the results at the conference.
Beatriz developed a specialized learning pool for different age groups and physical conditions. The design enables her to control the level of stimulation that is part of learning to swim by providing different depth platforms that enable anyone, despite their height or age, to explore initially the water from the upright position, which is the better way to empower the trust and confidence of the individual she feels. Once having overcome the initial inhibitions, students can adopt the horizontal position in water as a result of spontaneous experimentation. Beatriz is a recognized for her success in building her swimming instruction business as well as sharing her philosophy and methods with other swimming professionals. She has been a featured speaker at educational conferences on swimming around the world.