Babies as Young as 6 Months Old Learning Life Saving Skills With Simple Swimming Lessons
It's a bizarre sight — babies as young as 6 months old being thrown into the pool. But instead of sinking, they are staying afloat, thanks to a couple of life-saving swimming lessons.
Erin Terry, who's only 9 months old, knows exactly what to do when she is tossed in a swimming pool, even if she's wearing a snowsuit.
When baby Erin's head submerges, she knows instinctively to pop right back out. She even goes right back to enjoying her time at the pool, floating calmly on her back.
"She loves it," her father Rick Terry said. "She loves the water, and she's always jumping in and splashing. It's a good time."
The pool may be all fun and games for baby Erin, but the skills she's learning now can save her live, according to swimming coach Dena Blum-Rothman.
"Accidents happen and we want to arm children with the ability to save themselves," she told CBS News.
Blum-Rothman, who is a certified aquatics survival instructor, said babies as young as 6 months old can take her 10-minute long class, four days a week.
"All of a sudden, in a few weeks, you've got a swimmer," she said. "You've got a floater and they're safe."
According to the Center for Disease Control, children between 1 and 4 years old have the highest drowning rates — with most occurring in the home or swimming pool.
"Things happen. You blink. You're distracted. You didn't realize that the gate was open," Blum-Rothman said. "It's not bad parenting. It's an accident."