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Local woman teaches infants life saving swim skills
CLIFTON PARK -- Anthea Morris knows all too well the importance of swimming lessons. She runs Anthea's Swim Academy from her home in Clifton Park, teaching kids of all ages how to swim for fun, and to save their own life, and for her it's personal.
"My nephew actually took these lessons in Florida where drowning is one of the leading causes of death for kids, and when i saw him fall into my moms pool, and immediately flip over, onto his back and breath, and start yelling for my sister, i said i need to do this for my kids," Morris tells us.
But here's the twist, she starts teaching kids to survive in the pool at the age of 6 months. Now, the 6 month old babies aren't necessarily learning the back-stroak they are learning survival techniques and how to float to safety here's how it all works:
"We put them in different scenarios where they have to be able to get onto that back float from any position, so they need to already be rolling, and crawling, and moving around so they have that core strength," Morris explains.
Like any new trend, this method of teaching comes with it's critics. There was backlash after a father posted youtube video of his 16 month old daughter swimming across a pool.
But the studies tell a different story, according to the American Adademy of Pediatrics, children under the age of 4 were less likely to drown with swim training. But the AAP does not recommend lessons for kids under the age of 4.
Regardless, Morris tells us it's vital.
"I don't care how good you think you are at at watching the kids, they are going to find that two seconds and slip out somewhere, and fall into a pool, because a pool is very enticing to them,"she says.
If you'd like more information on Anthea's Swim Academy, visit her website at: www.survivalswimkids.com