ISR believes pool fences, supervision, and pool alarms are important parts of a necessary multi-layered approach to drowning prevention. However, traditional lines of defense break down, and the over 4,000 drowning deaths per year bear a grim testament to the fact that traditional approaches are missing a key component: the child. ISR’s core conviction is that the child is the most important part of a drowning prevention strategy and our over 260,000 ISR graduates and 800 documented survival stories are proof that children can save themselves. Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences; at ISR we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.You can read more about the program on their website here. If you have an instructor near you, I was able to go and watch a few lessons before I signed C up.
Here are a few videos of C that I took this week! Next week is his last week - during which he'll practice going into the water fully clothed - shoes and all!! Refresher lessons are recommended after a while - children grow so quickly that what felt normal to them at one time will feel very different with a larger body. So - C will have some refresher lessons in the spring or early summer before the pool opens. Since DH & I love swimming and our family vacations at a lake every summer, we want him to love and enjoy time in the water.
Swimming to the ladder. I think his little protest at the end is because he
knows he's not allowed to climb all the way out on the ladder. :)
Rolling onto his back to breathe when he can't make it all the way.
Happy Friday, friends! :)