Your child can become a superhero and learn CPR

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Kids learn CPR at SwimKidsAZ in Mesa (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Kids learn CPR at SwimKidsAZ in Mesa (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

CPR is a super power you hope you never have to use, but it can save a life if you know it and it's never too early to learn. Right now, SwimKids USA in Mesa is offering free CPR training for kids, because every second counts.    

Even with adult supervision, having another pair of eyes and trained hands can make all the difference if a child slips underwater, and that second set of eyes could come from another child.

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In several recent near-drowning incidents, a sibling was the one who alerted their parents of a drowning in progress, explains Lana Whitehead, president and founder of SWIMKids USA in Mesa who has authored five books on swimming and brain development and has lectured nationally and internationally on her swim-float-swim method.

She explains that although many children might not completely comprehend what is taking place, it is critical to train a child who will be poolside, so they are properly prepared with this life-saving training. 

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"Studies have shown that the chance of a survival outcome can increase as much as 70 percent if the rescuer begins CPR immediately after extrication of the victim from the water," Whitehead said.

It's easier to learn than many people think and kids, especially, can pick it up quickly.

"We play games to make it more fun and we give them hands-on practice with mannequins that simulate the amount of pressure needed to do a correct compression," said Amanda Acuna, the StarGuard program director with SWIMKids USA. 

The key is proper training and repetition so they can react in an emergency.

"I think the biggest thing is that knowledge is power and people panic when they don't know what to do. The more they seek classes and opportunities to practice, the more prepared they will be," Acuna said. 

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This summer SWIMKids USA is giving children that opportunity, with a series of free CPR classes aimed just for kids.

"Our mission is to save lives, we look for opportunities to offer the community the tools needed to make a difference," Acuna said.

It is a super power everyone hopes they don't have to use, but in an emergency can make all the difference. Two upcoming classes are scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 4 at 2:30 p.m. 

The classes are held at 2725 W. Guadalupe Road in Mesa. For more information, go to swimkidsaz.com or call 480-820-9109.

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