Never Too Young To Learn How To Swim
Published July 18th, 2014
OCALA - This is a story about taking advantage of second chances. One little boy nearly drowned a few months ago. However he is now showing off some new skills designed to keep him afloat.
According to the department of health, florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. One mother here in Ocala tells us the story of how her baby came face to face with that threat.
At 10 months old tanner followed the family dog outside and accidentally fell into his grandparents pool. "I pulled him out immediately started CPR. And my neighbor came over and helped me cause I wasn't certified. I am now," Ashley White his mother said.
White still gets emotional remembering the incident. "I felt fear. It's unexplainable really. I still can't believe it happened," White added.
Two months later, Tanner is one year old and now capable of saving his own life. Look at how the instructor drops him into the pool in this video and he manages to stay afloat. That's all thanks to ISR, the Infant Swimming Resource program in Ocala.
Ashley Glover is a mother of twin toddlers, Elsa and Bennett they are taking the course for a second summer. "And this summer now that they're two and a half they can swim float swim and make it to the side if an adult weren't to be there and they fell in," Glover said.
The program teaches children as young as 6 months old. Nicole Meade, Master Instructor at ISR says they teach based on sensory motor learning and behavioral psychology. "As they get bigger and their bodies grow, it becomes a little more awkward so just as they would walk differently and become more coordinated with walking, we also want them to become more coordinated with their swimming. We see them every year until they're about six but most of these kids by the age of five are ready for swim team," Meade said.
Tanner's mom is now CPR certified and the family put up a gate around the pool. Anything to prevent an accidents from happening again. "I am more confident. He is fine either way, he has no recollection or anything. He doesn't know what happened but i do. And it gives me a peace of mind especially if someone has to watch him. I don't have to constantly fearing that something is going to happen, at least not by the pool," White said.
For more information on how to waterproof your kids with ISR, click here for national website and click here for Marion County website.
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