Do your research in selecting a swimming program that will teach your child to survive if they go unnoticed in a body of water. Self-rescue swimming is an added layer of protection. Although many programs for young children focus on a water orientation approach using songs and games, this approach does NOT teach your child any of the skills necessary for survival.
Many lessons such as Mommy and Me teach children that the water is a fun place to play without teaching them any meaningful skills. Remember the water will not be a fun place for your child if he or she is unskilled and finds himself alone in the water. This approach may actually make a child more vulnerable to drowning as a child is taught to be fearless without any understanding of the skills needed for effective swimming.
ISR lessons encourage water competence first thereby promoting a safe foundation for a lifelong enjoyment of the water.
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