Class teaches water survival to kids

By Stephanie Byars - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU (KFVS) - When it heats up, the pool is usually a popular spot.  However, when you have a little one around the water, that can spell danger.

That's why, a class taught at Saint Francis Medical Center aims to help make sure little ones stay safe in the water.

Instructor Christy Welker teaches babies and toddlers from six months to four years to relax, breathe and live in infant swimming resource class.

The class is not so much a swimming lesson, but a lesson in survival in case a small child falls in the water.

Sara Armour, brings her 10-month-old and three-year-old sons to the class.  She says her family has a pool and she wants to make sure the kids are safe at home.

Welker says the kids learn things like holding their breath under water, turning themselves over on their backs to avoid drowning, and kids who can walk, learn to roll back over and find a safe place to go.

Welker says kids of all ages as well as adults need to know these basic water survival tips.

The class is 10 minutes a day, five days a week.  It provides one on one training with each child.

You can contact Saint Francis Medical Center at: 573-331-3000 to find out how to sign up.

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