TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – When baby Williams spots Infant Swim Resource instructor Leo Gonzalez in his pool, he’s usually not too thrilled to see him. But, when Williams might be thanking Leo.
“We’ve been with Leo for 8 weeks now. It was important to us for Willams to be able to swim in case he ever ventured out the front door,” says the 1-year-old’s mother, Chelsea Anderson.
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for infants and young children between the ages of 1-4. Infant Swim Resource and other instructors want to change that statistic.
“We teach the babies how to roll on their back and float. That’s probably the most important thing that we teach,” says Gonzalez.
It takes time to learn from the instructors, but it’s the number one life-saving technique they teach the babies.
If the baby were to get out, and through the fence then fall into the water, knowing how to roll over and float can literally save their life.
“We believe that in order to accomplish our mission of not one more child drowns is that the child has the skills to at least give them a chance,” says Gonzalez.
If you see the baby crying and think he or she is in trouble, or pain, that’s not it. It’s just a way for them to let you know they’re not pleased at the moment.
“They can’t talk, so instead of being like hey this is weird why are you putting me in the water, they cry,” says Gonzalez.
For mom or dad, seeing this can be hard, but worth it.
“I mean, it’s scary if he were to ever fall into the water, but we know that the lessons are the best thing for him even if there are some tears,” says Anderson.
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