Lessons for Your Baby: Why Saf-T-Swim’s method is different than Infant Survival Swim Training
It’s a terrifying thing to think about – your baby falling into the water. According to the NDPA, CPSC & CDC, fatal drowning is still a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 and the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death (behind motor vehicle accidents) for children between the ages of 1 and 14.
With statistics like that, it’s no wonder parents are searching for anyway to protect their infants and babies from drowning. Parents are wondering what method or lesson type is best for their infant or baby.
Many parents have seen the viral videos on Facebook or on the news of an infant falling into a pool and turning and floating on their back. Wow did you see that? But are these survival type swim lesson programs the best way for your child? These videos only show you the end result not what it took or what happened to get there.
While this method can work, Saf-T-Swim prefers a gentler more nurturing way for your child to learn. See Why Below!
Survival Swim Training vs Saf-T-Swim’s One to One Child Centered Training:
Infant Survival Swim Training, this technique is not used by Saf-T-Swim. It is a technique used to teach babies to float on their back if they were to become submerged. To most parents, this sounds like a great skill for a child to have, and we agree. However, the survival techniques used to teach this skill are extensive, requiring 10-15 minute sessions every day for multiple weeks in a row.
Babies are continually submerged under the water’s surface, released so they go under on their own or pushed under by an instructor. The instructor then manipulates the baby’s body to flip over and float, with the intention that the reaction will become a learned behavior. These type of lessons can be effective, and can work, but they do not take into account the very real potential for emotional, cognitive, physical or psychological trauma. The babies can ingest and/or inhale the water which could lead to water intoxication or concerns of secondary or dry drowning. Can these lessons be successful and work, yes, but at what means? Remember you’re only seeing the END product, which is amazing, but is it the best way? Or the only way?
Saf-T-Swim Child Centered Learning Swim Lessons
As a proud member of the United States Swim School Association, our baby swim lessons are based on a child centered learning environment. Our classes are taught at the child’s own pace, with emotional, physical, cognitive, and psychological development taken into account. Our teachers will hold, nurture and love the babies, all done while building a trusting relationship. Our lessons are designed to take advantage of a baby’s natural born water instincts, (keep in mind that an infant or babies first 9 months are spent in a liquid environment when in the womb). We teach children the five essential swimming skills every child should know, which are: buoyancy, arm/leg motion, breathe control, body positioning, and one of the most important, flotation! all while learning to love but respect the water.
The 1st and most crucial thing we teach is our pop-in method which focuses immediately on an infant or toddler learning how to, if they fell in, to hold their breath, turn and kick face down back to and reach for the wall.
Yes, also we will definitely work on introducing your baby to getting his/her ears wet and to float on their back as soon as possible, but at his/her own pace, with the eventual goal of having them learn to turn onto their back and float on their own so they can save themselves or buy valuable seconds or minutes until help arrives! The END results and benefits will be the same as the Infant Survival techniques, however just in a gentler less aggressive approach.
We are not saying don’t do Infant Survival lessons, but we are recommending that you research, educate and inform yourself before making that decision. Then choose the technique you feel best for you, your child, and your family.
For more tips on water safety or reducing the risk of childhood drowning, visit our drowning prevention program End Drowning Now at www.enddrowningnow.org and follow us on Facebook.