THE MILES STORY
Many of you who have seen the video segment on YouTube or various blogs on the Internet have asked about the 11-month-old baby who, along with his father and the family dog, are in the video clip. Miles had 3 weeks of ISR lessons prior to having to use his ISR Self-Rescue skills while this simulated scene was videotaped.
This video is a re-enacted drowning scenario that happened to a family whose baby drowned. In the scene we taped, both Miles' mother and father were present, along with several other adults and his ISR Instructor. As part of ISR’s parent education, parents learn how to work with their skilled child in the water; this can be seen at the end of the clip as Miles’ Father picks him up from his float.
The video was scripted and shot to be part of Dr. Barnett’s Pediatric Grand Rounds presentations used at major children's hospitals throughout the United States. The number one question that physicians attending Grand Rounds ask is, "how long can a skilled baby maintain himself independently in the water?" We answered the question in the video with a five minute float. In the segment they see, they can view all five minutes of the sustained back float. Five minutes is of vital importance, as physicians note the remote possibility of recovering a child who has been without air for that long.
Today, this 8-year-old little boy is a tremendous swimmer. Miles swims most everyday in the backyard pool or at an aquatic center, but he really prefers the ocean. To say that he loves the water is an understatement. He is an accomplished snorkeler and can safely dive down 15 feet to see the fish he is learning to identify. His obvious comfort level in the water is the result of his early ISR lessons; he will never remember a time when he did not know how to swim. At such a young age, he shows great respect for the water and always asks an adult for permission before he goes swimming. Even though he is skilled, his parents understand the importance of constant supervision as part of a multi-layer approach to drowning prevention.