My name is Gabi Stewart. I was born and raised in Chihuahua Mexico and moved to the United States when I was 17yrs old. I’ve lived in Northwest Arkansas since then. There, I met my husband Rob, an Arkansas native and a Razorback Fanatic. We have three kids and a dog, Isabel 13, Sophie 9, Tony 6, and our sweet schnauzer Lola. I love swimming and running. I’ve completed eight marathons, one ultra-marathon, and several half-marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, etc.
I have always worked with kids and I absolutely love babies. I worked for a public school for 15+ years as an English as a Second Language Instructor, and I also worked for the Special Education Department as an Interpreter and Translator.
My son went through the swim float swim program with Libby McFarland at Little Squirts Aquatics, and it was absolutely a mind-blowing experience. We had tried other swimming programs and had no success. Within 3-4 lessons, he was confident and no longer scared of the water. In fact, we could barely get him out of the pool after not being able to get him into it.
I’d been searching for a different career path for a while. Watching Libby work with the kids spiked my interest to learn more about it. After I shared my interest with Libby she allowed me to join her in the pool while she held her sessions. I worked closely with the kids and I absolutely loved it.
I decided to train to become a survival swim instructor so I could teach these valuable skills and be part of the Infant Aquatics® Network. I traveled to Colorado and completed an intensive six-week water training program as well as academic coursework to safely and effectively teach infants and young children lifesaving water skills using the SWIM-FLOAT-SWIM method.
Living in Arkansas, our kids are constantly around pools, lakes, and rivers which makes water safety extremely important for families. I believe this program teaches the necessary skills to save the lives of children and make water activities fun for them at a young age.