75 Drowning and Near-Drowning Incidents in 15 Weeks

April 22, 2011 | Infant Swimming Resource
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Nicole Powell, a Florida mother of two, enrolled her children in swimming classes taught by a private organization called Infant Swimming Resource when they were 8 months and 14 months old.

"In my family, we had a tragic loss of a baby drowning, and it was life altering for us as a family,” Powell told FoxNews.com. “What I realized is that it doesn't take a seriously negligent person to have an accident. You can turn around and go grab some towels, and the little one fell in, and they silently fall in the water and they sink, so you don't know that it's happening… whereas I know my children if they fall in the water because I've turned around – they know exactly what to do.”

The founder of Infant Swimming Resource, Dr. Harvey Barnett, has been teaching kids how to swim for more than 40 years. He said even though kids learn swimming survival skills – parents are still the best protection when it comes to preventing a tragic accident.

“You are your child's lifeguard. You are the best lifeguard they will ever have,” he said.

The Pool Safely campaign, which features several television and radio public service announcements, is the federal government’s first-of-its-kind national public education effort to reduce child drowning incidents.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/22/report-75-drownings-near-drownings-15-weeks/#ixzz1S6XuZIlB