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Self-rescue skills preventing drownings among infants

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TERRELL (KYTX) -A CBS 19 safety alert on a tragedy we see nearly every summer in East Texas.

Just last month, a two-year-old Longview boy drowned in a neighbor's backyard pool. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under four-years-old.

"On the first day, she was floating on her back, it was amazing," said Jennifer Oates.

Jennifer and Cody Oates signed their daughter up for infant swimming resource's self-rescue class.

Instructors teach children as young as six-months-old to float, rest, and breathe in the water until help arrives.

"No matter if she's on the side or if she was on the steps walking, she automatically rolls to her back and she will float on her back the whole time," said Jennifer.

Tiffani Andrews teaches this technique to children in Northeast Texas.

"We teach using sensory motor learning, the same way they learn to walk and sit up," said Tiffani Andrews, ISR instructor.

It takes four to six weeks for these children to become completely skilled.

"My son actually took the class as an infant before he was even one."

Her son, Brady, will soon be in kindergarten. Not only can he roll over and float, but he can also swim to the edge of the pool.

"So I don't drown," said Brady.

For these parents, it's a sense of peace knowing their children have the skills to survive.

"There's no greater gift than my child," added Jennifer.

Parent supervision is always important, no matter if your child has these skills or not.

The classes are five days a week, four to six weeks. Young children only spend about 10 minutes in the pool at a time.

Parents have to be present.

Average lesson fees can range from $75 to $110 per week depending on where you're located.

Tiffani Andrews is interested in starting a class in East Texas, click here for info.

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