Would You Try These Hands-Off Baby Swimming Lessons?

We're testing the waters of this bold approach.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
May 2017
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Water safety is high-priority for parents. You know your kids should take swimming lessons, and chances are you’ve heard of all sorts of baby-and-me swim classes that help acclimate your infant to the water. But that means you have to go in the water…

With Infant Self-Rescue courses, you are not only exempt from jumping in the pool, you’re not allowed to. And guess what else? Baby will be totally submerged in the water.

Panicking at the thought of this? It’s all part of Infant Swimming Resource’s (ISR) technique, in which a certified instructor works one-on-one with your baby in the pool. Babies as young as 6 months are taught to swim up to the surface, flip onto their backs, float, breathe and rest until help arrives.

Watch the video, and you’ll see some confident little swimmers. There’s no frantic kicking, no crying — the whole thing looks surprisingly natural.

The driving force behind Infant Swimming Resource is the motto “Not One More Child Drowns.” Drowning is the number-one cause of death for infants ages one to four. The ISR notes that pool fences, alarms, CPR knowledge and constant supervision are necessary for complete water safety, but arming baby with his own ability to swim seems like a pretty good idea.

Would you give these swim lessons a try?

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