Infant Swimming Resource, the safest providers of Self-RescueTM swimming lessons for babies and toddlers from six months to six years old, commends the AAP on their dedication to making infants and young children safer both in and around the water with their new drowning prevention policy statement.

"With this statement, the AAP focuses pediatricians, other medical professionals, and most importantly parents on what has proven to be the single most vital aspect of in-water safety for infants and young children - survival swimming instruction," said Harvey Barnett, founder of Infant Swimming Resource. "I am gratified about this turn of events after working for more than 40 years in drowning prevention. Survival swimming lessons enable infants and young children to learn the skills that could save their lives in a potential drowning situation."

Since 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) has been teaching children from six months to six years aquatic Self-Rescue skills in addition to educating parents and communities about water safety and drowning prevention. Developed by Harvey Barnett, Ph.D., ISR instruction and techniques are based on research and development in the areas of psychology, physiology and the behavioral sciences.

All ISR lessons are taught by a highly trained, certified Instructor with a focus on safety, health and individualization. ISR has a 100 percent safety record and has 790 documented cases of children using ISR aquatic Self-Rescue techniques to save their own life in a drowning situation.

The ISR class is a four- to six-week program where each lesson is customized and tailored for every child as they are safely guided through the learning process.

6 to 12 months - infants learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.

1 to 6 years - young children learn how to hold their breath underwater, swim with their head down and eyes open, roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe, and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and can crawl out. Once skilled, children practice these techniques fully clothed.

"ISR professionals believe that a community effort involving specialized education of the public, parents, children, physicians and other community leaders is key to reducing the tragic and needless drowning statistics," said JoAnn Barnett, president of ISR. "In addition, we want parents to use a multilayered approach towards drowning prevention including pool fences with self-locking gates, pool alarms and active parental supervision."

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