Honey Lanning, nationally recognized ?swim
instructor of the stars,? passed away a week after
being diagnosed with cancer. She was 64.
The Finnish-born instructor and owner of Lanning
& Associates was well known for her staunch belief
in teaching babies and toddlers to swim. She openly
disputed the American Academy of Pediatrics?
philosophy that children under age 4 should not swim.
Lanning taught approximately 5,000 children and adults
to swim in her 35 years of teaching, including children of
celebrities such as Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Jada
Pinkett-Smith, Blair Underwood, and Keenan Ivory Wayans.
She also appeared with Pinkett-Smith on
?Entertainment Tonight? to discuss water
safety for children.
In 1997, she released an award-winning instructional
video, ?Swimming for Toddlers Ages
Lanning began swimming in Finland?s lakes at age
3. She moved to the United States three years later, where
she continued swimming through high school. By the age of
17, she had received water safety instructor certification
at the University of Chicago. She also swam competitively
at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Her husband of 45 years and high school sweetheart,
David Lanning, is starting a foundation in her name to
teach underprivileged children to swim.