Survival skills in the pool for babies and toddlers

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PHOENIX -- It's more than just learning how to swim, it's learning how to survive in the water. That's what the Infant Swimming Resource program is all about.

Babies as young as 6 months of age learn how to use Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue skills in tandem with basic swimming skills.

With ISR, lessons are customized and taught one-on-one by a certified ISR instructor. They last last for 10 minutes, five days a week, for four to six weeks.

During ISR lessons, a child is placed face down in the water and the instructor helps him or her learn to roll to the back and float. Sound scary?  The child remains face down only for a few seconds, and the instructor is always right beside him or her.

The program teaches children how to hold their breath underwater, roll onto their backs and then float unassisted, rest and breathe until help arrives.

ISR says for the last 40 years, hands-on instruction technique has been researched and developed to offer a proven system for safely teaching children to enjoy the fun of swimming, while at the same time teaching life-saving survival swimming skills. 

To date, ISR says it has 790 documented cases of kids using their survival swimming techniques to save themselves from drowning.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for infants and young children ages 1 to 4. 

Valleywide, there have already been 16 children who have drowned this year alone.  Experts say layers of protection, along with constant adult supervision, are a must.