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June 12, 2012

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Hearing your toddler cry out of fear is unsettling, to say the least. But these moms say it’s worth it because their children are learning to save their own lives.

In this video, hear from a handful of mothers who take their children to the YMCA’s Carol Elizabeth Kennedy Pool in Tampa, Fla., for Infant Swimming Resource, or ISR, classes. CrossFit Kids recently teamed with the 46-year-old program to help prevent accidental drowning.

“Regardless of how much tension and anxiety I feel, it doesn’t … outweigh the rewards of him learning how to save his life,” Monica Mirza says as she holds her son.

Drowning for children under the age of 4 is the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the U.S., says ISR founder Harvey Barnett.

“The sole existence of Infant Swimming Resource is to keep a baby safer in and around the water and to educate the families so that we have created a comprehensive drowning-prevention strategy,” he explains. “Supervision by itself is not going to be the scenario that will save the child from drowning.”

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Not One More Child Drowns: Infant Swimming Resource by Marla Carnes, published Aug. 29, 2011.

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If you have babies, do this. My now 8 and 5 year olds started at 6 months and 3 months respectively. They are now strong, confidant swimmers with high respect for water. It is just a tool in the box for drowning prevention, but it is one that every parent should take advantage of.

I have friends tell me that it is too expensive and that it takes too much of a commitment to go 5 days a week for 10 minutes for 3 to 8 weeks. And it upsets the poor babies and upsets Mommies to hear their little dears cry! Yes, at first, you ask yourself why you are doing this, but then they relax, you relax and it works.

If you are looking at it from a cost/time vs. risk reduction/water enjoyment comparison, you won't get a better return.

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