If your baby fell in the pool would he know what to do?
When I was young, a friend of mine’s little brother had died because of a pool drowning incident and since then I am forever engrained with making sure my kids are safe around the pool.
With our first 2 kids, we were diligent getting them into swim lessons their first year of life. But looking back, those swim lessons were more like playtime. While they did a great job getting our babies use to the water – they didn’t teach them anything in regards to safety.
Our next step is getting our 2 youngest kids into the pool and into swim lessons. A swimming program that I’ve recently become introduced to is ISR, Infant Swimming Resource. This type of teaching isn’t your fun, let’s learn to swim, swim lessons. ISR is a comprehensive drowning prevention program. The program’s goal is to teach “competence before confidence” – teaching your baby skills to survive an aquatic emergency. Check out these videos and see how ISR teaches young babies how to float.
My initial reaction to these videos was “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” – but this is reality. Babies fall into pools ALL THE TIME.
I live in Texas where it’s over 100 degrees AT LEAST 50 days of the Summer. Everyone has pools. Yes, pool safety and precautionary measures must be taken when there are kids and pools.
We haven’t tried a ISR class and the friend who told me about it warned me that it wasn’t all singing songs and getting them accustomed to the water like the typical swim classes my other babies were in. We’re still trying to decide on direction but keep leaning towards going the ISR route, but also doing a regular swim class.
While we don’t have a pool – our family does and there is no perimeter fence or pool cover present for safety. Our baby’s safety is more important to me than him knowing how to do the backstroke by age 2.
Thoughts? Are You Familiar With ISR?
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