Rob McKay has spent 23 years of his adult career devoted to
teaching infants to swim. It is no accident that it was also 23 years ago that
Rob first met and was inspired by Virginia Hunt Newman.
Virginia’s pioneering advocacy of a gentle, positive
approach to teaching infants to swim instilled in Rob a passion to create the
most stimulating, child-friendly, educationally sound and developmentally
appropriate swim school possible.
Rob’s mission along with his wife Kathy has resulted in his
nationally acclaimed Lifestyle Swim School in Boca Raton, Florida; his
instructional video series, “Diaper Dolphins;” an upcoming book entitled Baby
Swim School, published by DK Publishing of London; and an informational
website, “Baby Swimming – the Gentle Journey” at www.babyswimming.com.
The McKays have authored and been the featured subject of
numerous newspaper and magazine articles nationally and internationally. Rob and
Virginia were featured in a video press release on infant swimming for the
national product release of Huggies brand “Little Swimmers” diapers. They also
appeared together in the Discovery Channel’s World of Wonder program
which aired in 50 countries during a five-year period. Japan’s Nippon television
network featured Rob, Kathy and their baby students in a special entitled
A frequent speaker at national and international
conferences and workshops, Rob is a board member of the World Aquatic Baby
Congress and a member of the Congress of the International Swimming Hall of
Fame. He is a charter member of the National Swim School Association. McKay has
trained numerous teachers in his gentle, child-paced, non-traumatic methods both
from across the U.S. and around the world including Great Britain, Norway,
Sweden, Japan, Australia, Singapore and the Philippines.
A former high
school All-American swimmer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a collegiate
scholar-athlete for Florida State University, Rob also held records as a Masters
swimmer and continues to swim for health and fitness. Rob learned to swim at the
age of three.