Local program teaches more than just swimming

By Tessa

MT. PLEASANT, S. C. (WCIV) -- Warm weather in the Lowcountry turns thoughts to fun in and around water. With that, thoughts should also be on water safety, particularly keeping young swimmers as safe as possible.

Infant Swimming Resource is one program that makes sure children from six months to six years of age know what to do, should they find themselves in danger while in the water.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death for infants and young children between the ages of one and four.

With Infant Swimming Resource, children learn valuable techniques for self-rescue. While children as young as six months can enroll in the program, there are certain milestones that must be met.

"All registrations must go through our medical staff and they will customize safe swimming and make sure every child is strong enough to swim in this program," Clint Avery, a certified ISR instructor, said.

"It's a worthwhile program that teaches them skills that will last them into their adulthood. Even if your child can already swim, being able to float and roll over is a valuable lesson," James Eagle said. His two year old daughter, Sabrina, graduated from the program last week.

For more information on how to enroll your child or become a certified instructor, visit the ISR web site at{}

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