Watch this video:
I found this website called Infant Swimming Resource (there are other videos on the actual website… as well as lots of information) that is basically a drowning prevention program. It teaches children as young as infants (just months old) how learn their own buoyancy, breath control and eventually the ability to flip over on their backs and float safely until they are “saved”. In the lessons (and in all these videos) of course there are adults present. But imagine how priceless these skills would be to a child who accidentally falls in the lake or pool WITHOUT an adult present. Imagine how much time this skill would buy them.
Here are some other videos I found on YouTube. Check out the ISR website (link above, or this link is GREAT too!) for more detailed info… these videos are just visuals. This next one shows super young infants in the water, learning buoyancy etc.
And here, here’s one just for fun (This one is not ISR related… just one that popped up on YouTube). What the hell is up with a 6 week old being in a tub of water with a floaty ring around its neck?