With the beginning of summer upon us, thoughts turn to fun in the sun and water. For infants and toddlers, that can mean tragedy. In California, drowning is the number one killer of chidren under the age of four, according to the Infant Swimming Resource of Sacramento.
In addition to providing the safest pool environment possible such as constant adult supervision, fences, covers, and alarms, ISR suggests a program of swimming self-rescue lessons as additional prevention to protect children from accidental drownings. Children as young as 7 months old learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted. Older children also learn to swim with their head down, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe and roll over again to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool to crawl out.
These skills are taught by certified instructors to assure that a day