Swimming techniques help save children in trouble


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)-- Summertime in the Lowcountry means time spent in the water. But statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention{}show that fun in and around the water can also turn deadly.

According to the CDC, the leading cause of death for infants and children between the ages of one and four-years-old is drowning.

"When it comes to swimming lessons, parents cannot afford to choose a method that fails to teach young children survival swimming skills," said Clinton Avery.

Clinton, a Mt. Pleasant father, is just one of three Infant Swimming Resource instructors in the state of South Carolina. ISR is the only provider of Self-Rescue swimming lessons to children six-months to six-years of age.

"Lessons for children ages 6 to 12 months focus on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float; rest and breathe and to be able to maintain this lifesaving position until help arrives," explained Avery. "Older children progress to learn the swim-float-swim survival sequence, which teaches children to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe and roll back over to resume swimming until they can safely exit the water."

According to Avery, 50 years of research and development went into the ISR Self Rescue technique.

"ISR Certified Instructors focus on each child's stage of development and readiness and each one-on-one lesson is customized to the child's abilities," said Avery.

With pools, creeks, rivers and the ocean seemingly around every corner in the tri-county area, Avery believes ISR Self-Rescue is too important to ignore.

"There are actually over 800 documented cases of children who have used the skills learned in our program to save their own lives," said Avery.

To learn more about ISR Self-Rescue, Clinton Avery can be reached or at 843-327-5705.