New class teaches water survival tactics for infants in the Chattahoochee Valley

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Ahead of the summer season, experts are warning of common pool dangers.

Drowning is said to be the number one cause of death in small children under the age of four.

ISR or Infant Swimming Resource is a new class being offered in Columbus.

The pool lessons offered nationwide teaches children to save themselves if they reach water alone.

"ISR Is completely different than any other lesson. We don't put them in the pool and teach them how to blow bubbles and get used to the water, we actually teach them survival skills," said local ISR instructor, Stephanie Hogan.

Starting as young as six-months, children and babies can learn and master floating and flipping and breathing techniques in just a matter of weeks.

"You never know when your child is going to be around water without you, or just in the future. Giving them a solid foundation is definitely worth it," said mother of two, Windsor Redick.

Redick says the small sacrifice of daily 10-minute classes can be the difference between life and death. She's enrolling both her two-year-old and four-year-old into the lessons.

"It's worth it, it's definitely worth it," said Redick.

While the young age is a debatable topic by some parents, Hogan says the younger, the better.

With the survival and self-rescue program, Hogan hopes to educate and save lives one child at a time.

"Our mission is not one more child drowns. I think that's every mother's mission. You don't ever want to be in that situation, but if it ever does happen, then at least your child will know how to survive," said Hogan.

Training to become an ISR instructor takes six weeks.

Hogan is currently the only certified teacher in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Lessons are held at Chattahoochee Scuba.

For more information about ISR, you can call 352-217-0526.

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