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Infant Swimming Resource teaches children how to survive in a body of water

Posted at 7:46 AM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 10:46:15-04

You've probably come across a video on your social media feeds of a small child going face first into a body of water, rotating on their back and floating on the top of the water, the technique is learned through infant swimming resource.

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Infant swimming resource or ISR is a popular survival technique children as young as six months old can learn to help prevent drowning in a pool or body of water. 

"Our mission is that not one more child drown," said ISR instructor Tracie Paulsen. 

Children are taught if they ever fall face first into a body of water they must first rotate onto their backs, float on top of the water, and if their old enough, swim toward the edge of the pool. 

"It doesn't relieve supervision, obviously no one can be drown proof but it gives them a sense of being able to swim in the pool and have fun and do safe swimming," said Paulsen. 

For parents like Rebecca Gurthrie, ISR training is something she's turned to for years. 

"This is my third baby who's done ISR," said Guthrie. 

Even though her son Christopher is only nine months old, he's learned to roll on his back and cry like no other, all in an attempt to get out of the water.

"I would rather listen to my kids cry during the swim lessons for 10 minutes a day than never hear them cry again," said Guthrie. 

For first time mom like Alex Booth, the experience has been a bit different and watching her son struggle has been no easy task. 

"It was hard to watch, especially given my background," said Booth. 

That's because she's an EMT, being on the other side of a drowning was what prompted her to enroll her son in the classes.

"As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I was going to do everything in my power to try to prevent that from becoming my reality," said Booth.

Both moms grateful for the classes and the skills their children have learned through ISR.

"You can't put a price on your kids life," said Guthrie. 

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