Flotation devices such as floaties, inflatable rings, etc., often can provide a false sense of security for parents and children. These items can easily deflate or fall off your child's arm, leaving them in a potentially dangerous situation.
Flotation devices also hold children in postures that are not compatible with swimming skills. If a child learns he can jump in the water and go into a vertical posture and still come up to breathe, he is getting the wrong idea about that water environment. Flotation devices are for children who cannot swim. Children, who cannot swim, should NOT be allowed to learn that it is safe to play in the water while relying on a flotation device. Life jackets must be worn in a boat or around the water when there is the potential for an accidental "fall-in". They are not a substitute for the ability to swim or for adult supervision.
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While you are watching your ISR of Lake Lanier student in the water this July 4th weekend, she will have her eye on the wall or steps. One of the first skills taught in ISR lessons is to open the eyes underwater to look for safety at the edge of the pool, the ladder, or the steps so that, once the child learns the full ISR Self-Rescue™ technique, she can swim-float-swim!
Don't forget YOU have to be the CEO of your child (Constant Eyes On)!
As Summer approaches, remember to always practice safety around ALL bodies of water and especially on Lake Lanier! Georgia's Life Jacket Law states "all children under 10 years of age on a moving vessel must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved and appropriately sized personal flotation device (PFD)."
The law does not apply when a child is within a fully enclosed roofed cabin or other fully enclosed roofed compartment or structure of the vessel. Code 52-7-8 (d) (3).
ISR of Lake Lanier family and friends...floaties and toy-type rings are NOT approved flotation devices.
Please be aware that even Coast Guard approved life jackets cause a child to float in the face down position! Floating with a CG approved life jacket can be difficult for even our most skilled ISR of Lake Lanier students. At your child's next ISR lesson, make sure the instructor tests your son or daughters swimming and floating skills while wearing their life jacket.
Spring is in the Air! It's time to put your winter jacket away (if you live in Georgia you probably put that away a month ago). Take out your swim suit and shake the dust off...it will fit...you've been exercising right?! Check your sunscreen too! Sunscreen does have an expiration date...don't come inside that first day out looking like a raccoon! Lastly, test out your cute swimmies...blow them up to full capacity...then POP them!
If your child is an Aquatic Self-Survival Student from Infant Swimming Resource, no swimmies are required.
They can swim...just watch them!
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