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yet again a little life has been saved thanks to Infant aquatic program.
Little P aged 20 months was at a friends birthday party. The weather here has been very sunny and hot over Easter. The cover was ON his friends outdoor pool. One older child came to the adults and said P is in the water. Of they ran.Initailly they could not see P as the cover was on. Then noticed the movment of a head shape pushing the cover up. when the cover was pulled back,P Was kicking legs, splashing hands and if his head went under he kicked harder to come up and take a breath. He was not distressed. He was assissted out and all was ok. He was totally exhausted and became very quiet later on. His parents want to say a very big Thank you -- not just to me but to all at Birthlight. They feel if he had not been attending our classes (from about 8 weeks old) He would not have survivrd this ordeal. We do not know if he fell in or if he went in himself. P was at class this morning. Initially he was clingy to dad --first time and he would not go under --also first time. Immportantly he did want to come swimming today. He did want to come in the water and a couple of Thomas tank toys, a few songs and games, he started to relax again and to kick and splash. We will worry about under water when P is ready again.
Thanks B'light fro giving me the opportunity to teach these little people and their parents in our lovely gentle, fun and safety conscious program
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It's always great to read a story like this one. I believe we have had two or three each year and in each case the little ones do not seem to have been put off water at all. Could you please send this story to Roger at the STA. I am happy that we are associated with STA because their focus is on swimming for health and enjoyment but also for saving lives. Roger Milward, the chief executive of STA, immediately saw the point of our gentle approach to submersion and encouraged it in the STA baby and pre-school course because of its value for preventing early drowning (the second most common cause of infant deaths in the US). The email for STA is
and super well done, Liz!