Self-rescue swim class teaches babies to float during an accident

Self-rescue swim class for kids

Splashing around a pool in this Texas heat can be a blast for kids, but it can also be dangerous if they don't know how to swim.

In a matter of seconds, that time can turn to tragedy.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 4-years old. Erin Fieldin knows the dangers and was always very nervous having her two young daughters near water.

"Both of them were still in floaties afraid of the water and very intimidated, " Fieldin said.

It's the main reason Erin signed up her two young girls for ISR Self-Rescue swim class. It's a program teaching kids as young as six months to swim and more importantly float should they fall in a pool. Erin saw a swim class ISR video and knew she had to put her kids in the class.

"That's for my kids. I have to do it," she said.

Lessons are just 10 minutes a day, every day for four to six weeks.

"We do practice every day so the muscle memory is there so automatically when they feel the water touch their face they know they need to roll back and float," Jennifer Bazijou, an ISR swim instructor.

Bazijou has taught ISR for 5 years and says it works even if some kids aren't too thrilled in the beginning.

 

"If kids do cry, most of them are fine at the end because they know they can do it," she said.

Jennifer said this type of training is a tool and another layer of protection but the number one safety measure to take is supervision. Never take your eyes of your child when they are near water.

JC Bunch enrolled his two boys in the swim class. His 3-year-old son Brooks was just three weeks into lessons when JC tested the training. He allowed Brook to fall in a pool.

"I resisted the urge to grab him and he fell in and floated and flipped over," said Bunch.

His younger son, 9-month-old Briggs is learning just as quickly.

"It is comforting to know that if he fell in the pool that he would survive until we got him," he said.

As for Erin's daughters, they are no longer afraid and are actually pretty confident in the water.


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