Teaching babies how to get out of trouble in water

June 23, 2009 3:39:35 PM PDT
Every years, about 300 children drown in swimming pools, and another 2,000 have to be hospitalized. In hopes of cutting that number, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is offering infant and toddler self-rescue lessons this summer.

The classes are being offered in conjunction with the Infant Swimming Resource Program.

AtlantiCare is believed to be the first hospital or healthcare organization in the country to offer the program.

The lessons are geared for babies from 6 months, up to children of 6.

Babies six months to 12 months will learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.

One year to six year olds will learn to hold their breath underwater, swim with their head down and eyes open, roll onto their back to float, rest, breathe, and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and can crawl out.

Once they have the skills, children will practice these techniques fully clothed, to simulate accidental falls into the pool.

The registration fee is $105.

To register, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at?1-888-569-1000?or visit???www.atlanticare.org.


For more information on the Infant Swimming Rescue program, please visit??www.infantswim.com.

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