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Infant Swimming Resource Self-Rescue™ Swimming Lessons Focus on Teaching Children Water Survival
Date:5/21/2010

onths">6 to 12 months) infants learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.

Toddler and Young Children / Swim-Float-Swim - (1 to 6 years) young children learn how to hold their breath underwater, swim with their head down and eyes open, roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe, and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and can crawl out. Once skilled, children practice these techniques fully clothed.

“We want parents to implement a Drowning Prevention Plan in their home that includes effective parental supervision, permanent pool fences, alarms, self-locking gates and survival swimming instruction,” says Harvey Barnett, Ph.D., founder of ISR.

Implement a Drowning Prevention Plan in Your Home:

Active Parental Supervision - Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for him/her to be in serious trouble. Assign supervision responsibilities so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child.

Survival Swimming Lessons - Find a Self-Rescue swimming lesson that is right for you and your child. Self-Rescue skills are vital for infants and young children if they were to end up in the water alone. Instructors should have current CPR and first aid certification. Confirm that the instructor is certified to teach survival swimming skills.

Pool Fences with Self-locking Gates - Build layers of defense around the pool. Permanent four-sided fencing that encloses the entire p
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