One mother said infant swim lessons saved the life of her 1-year-old daughter.
The skill saved her life
"The doors were closed, I left her with someone just for a few minutes and under five minutes that door was open and she was in the pool," Longwood resident Anne Smith said.
Finley had just wrapped up water survival training, a trend quickly growing in Florida, where more children under the age of
It's the same kind of training seen in a
Harvey Barnett of Infant Rescue Swimming developed the basic survival methods decades ago.
He said it's all about muscle memory: 10 minutes of training nearly every day over several weeks.
"Babies are experts at this kind of learning. They practice it every day," Barnett said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is diving into the trend as well, revising its policy, which now says swim lessons for the very young can save lives.
Smith now knows that first-hand.
"If she did not have that training, I'd be planning a funeral," Smith said.