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Infant Swim 3Infant Swim – this was a program I ran into last summer, and I was meaning to do a little piece explaining what they are about and where you can find them, but as usual it got backed up with other work and here I am a year little finally following through!  So let’s get right to the bare bones.

Summer is upon us, which means that cute bathing suits are displayed, swim diapers cost the equivalent of a down payment on a car, floaters are being blown up by someone in the family that drew the short straw, and with that – all of our backyard pools and BBQ’s are up and running again!

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Pool safety is something we discuss with our children and many of the children who are old enough to understand this conversation are already decent swimmers.  They need to be reminded to watch before you cannon ball in on top of your brother, to good lord STOP running around the pool before you slip and bust your head open, and to share the pool noodles with your siblings, you don’t need all 10!

What we don’t do is educate our infants on pool safety.  We just keep them at bay and away from the pool without an adult.  We corral them and give them a rocking sprinkler to squirm through instead.  We prefer to never address the thought of our months old toddler crawling awkwardly towards the pool, teetering on the edge hoping to gain a pool noodle for themselves and falling in.  In the minutes it takes to notice the baby isn’t where they should, it is often too late.

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I am going to throw a few statistics at you, and some of these surprised even me.

  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning, and 75% are missing from sight for 5 minutes or less.

  • In the USA, drowning is the leading cause of death for infants and young children between the ages of 1 and 4.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in children between the age of 1 and 14.
  • In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drowning in the US, that averages 10 DEATHS PER DAY. Of the children who die due to drowning, there are then 4 more children that received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
  • A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child aged 4 years and younger.
  • 92% of children who survive drowning were discovered within two minutes following submersion.

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ISR LOGOChild drowning is a very horrific reality that we are faced with.  HOWEVER …. there is an organization that has made it their mission to give young children the skills they need to prevent themselves from drowning, their tag line “Not One More Child Drowns”.


I just spent my entire afternoon looking through every photo, every page of information, and their FaceBook page, and it is an incredible sight to see.

What these wonderful instructors are doing, is giving our infants and toddlers, starting at 6 months old, the ability to practice effective survival swimming should they ever find themselves in a pool with no one around.  (It is INCREDIBLE TO SEE – Check the videos out under the lessons link!)  Documented to date – ISR Instructors have given 800 children documented the abilities that saved their lives.   This is a program that I am proud to get behind and spread awareness.

Infant Swim 8They have a ton of information on their website, including a safely manual you can download which provides all sorts of safety tips from fences, to pool covers, to teaching the children to swim – they cover it all in an easy to read, straight forward format.  I’ll give you a quick idea of the lessons are like.

The basic move ALL children, as young as 6 months old, learn in the lessons is how to roll onto their back to float, rest, breathe and to maintain that life saving position until help arrives.  The older children (remember in this program 12 months are the older children!) are taught the full ISR Self-Rescue sequence, which involves teaching the children to swim until they need air, roll onto their back to breath and rest, then continue this process until they have reached a safe point (edge of the pool etc.).

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Infant SwimThe final kicker I will mention is honestly what makes me ready and willing to throw my child in with these instructors, is that they are teaching these infants and toddlers in ways that relate DIRECTLY to realistic scenarios.  Your infants, toddlers and children are taught how to practice these life saving techniques FULLY CLOTHED.

Infant Swim 9Let’s be honest, the majority of drowning are caught off guard with no one near the body of water.  When your child topples over the edge and into the water – they will be fully dressed – and guess what, because ISR Instructors are marvelous and brilliant, they teach your child to be able to maintain a floating position and/or swim to safety with all their bulky clothing on.


That’s right, I just blew your minds! 😉

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Really guys, even if your children are older than the age group targeted, check it out anyway!  I am sure there is someone in your life that has a little one that may take an interest into exploring IRS. Raising awareness is key – and this group BEYOND deserves the attention!  They are all over the United States and have 39 International certified instructors from Brazil to Canada to Italy to Australia to Colombia …… you get the idea.

Alright – time for me to stop talking and for you all to start calling and swimming!  The links below will take you directly the Infants Swimming Resource website and FaceBook page.  I hope you enjoy it and find it as educating and engaging as I have!

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**I do want to note that EVERY photo in this article was taken from the IRS FaceBook Page, which holds the Copy Rights to the photos.  Trust me – there are a million more and they are all just entrancing to look through!**


~ by LTWH on June 2, 2014.

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