Teaching through children's books

By inviting the parents to the teacher's universe, we get the parents to understand - why, what and how.

The books

In our experience, there is a lack of useful information that supports why and what the instructors do in swimming lessons around the world.

There is a lack of information about the many aspects and considerations that are in the instructor's backpack.

AND there is a lack of information and guidelines for parents, taking their children to the water.

We want to give this insight, as it will help more people to choose swimming in their lives. Therefore, we have started a book series, which can explain ethically and crazily the more complex reasons behind why we plan and initiate swimming lessons as we do, and why we do what do (or what we should do) when being around water.

  • Ypisa - Your Potential International Swimming Academy

    “Where does Mrs Shifu teach? I wanna sign the twins up ASAP”

    Teacher and mother of two

  • Ypisa - Your Potential International Swimming Academy

    “When both parents and kids look forward to reading a story again, you just know it's good. We're already looking forward to reading more of the YPISA books. They explain at a kids' level, and the parents can read more in the bubbles and QR-codes”

    Self employed and mother of two


















5 animals

The books are about five sea creatures, four of them are students, and the fifth is the teacher; Mrs Shifu.

  • Mrs Shifu: Octopus and teacher
  • Zoey: Seahorse and wannabe unicorn
  • Lily: Starfish and undercover ballerina
  • Felix: Flounder and poet
  • Remi: Oyster and inventor

Mrs Shifu is an incredible octopus, and she has centuries of teaching experience in swimming. She loves to teach and have wonderful relationships with her students and parents.
She has to teach the four sweet kids; Remi, Zoey, Felix, and Lily to gain ability in the water, through their well-designed and experimental learning sessions, they must learn to engage in water. While teaching them swimming, she comes across many different issues, collaborative challenges among children and adults, and educational issues.
All issues have been experienced in our diverse and long-standing teaching life in swimming - with or without parents in the water.

 Brainy QR-codes

Behind the QR codes are various methods and tools, which are based on solid, analytical, factual, research-based approaches and reliable theories, so that parents can optimize development opportunities for their children.











A QR code works in the same way as a barcode at the supermarket.

It is a machine-scannable image that can instantly be read using a smartphone camera. Every QR code consists of a number of black squares and dots which represent certain pieces of information.

A Brainy QR code is full of brainy knowledge 

In the books, you will meet these QR codes, to which we have added brainy stuff about swimming. When scanning them with your phone, you can have much more information from us to help understand, why the given topics are so important or even crucial to swimming - or it could also be functional and good exercises, fantastic ideas to work at for you - and your child - or simple knowledge for you to understand the swim lessons better.

Example of a fact bubble from Meet Mrs Shifu.


Free access to Mrs Shifu and Remi

Totally free of charge, you can get access to the brainy stuff behind the QR-codes from "Meet Mrs Shifu" and "Remi and the change of element". If you want the stories and the following brainy stuff, you need to get your hands on the books.


We've got a lot of topics on the way:

  • Cognitive, motor and sensory-integrative development
  • Understanding childrens' level and age
  • Self-rescue principles & life-saving
  • The play and its importance to the child's social future
  • Myelin production and the child's cognitive development
  • Ego vs. task-oriented parents and children
  • Derivation of emotions and consequences
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Basic skills
  • Activity tank
  • Communications Conflict
  • Three-part brain and communication
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Mental resilience
  • Anxiety triangle
  • Empowerment and empathy
  • And much, much more...

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