I was scrolling through Facebook and saw that some of my friends had their daughter in swim lessons. I was a tad shocked, their daughter isn't even a year old yet. My curiosity got the best of me and I realized that they had their daughter in Infant Swimming Resource lessons. ISR was founded in 1966 and they give survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. Kim Utley really wanted her kids to know what to do if they ever fell in a pool, so she researched and put her kids through the ISR classes even though it was a 170 mile round trip. She realized that she needed to be the one to bring the ISR classes to the East Texas area and hundreds of parents in East Texas are happy she did.

Kim Utley
Kim Utley

"We always talk about car seat safety, immunizations and so on. Water safety is just as important." said Kim Utley an ISR Instructor. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death in the entire world, with over 372,000 drowning deaths reported every single year. In the U.S. 76% percent of drowning deaths involved children younger than 5 years old and 67% of swimming pool drowning deaths were children younger than 3 years old. "Children drowning has always been a serious issue. Unfortunately a lot of the times it takes a death to start talking about water safety. Water safety should be a concern wherever you are, it only takes seconds for a child to be in serious danger."  said Kim Utley.

"I never want a child to have to use their skills, but I am happy knowing that if they are able to get past the barriers and locks they have the skills in case they need to use them." Kim Utley emphasized that water safety isn't just important if you have a pool in your back yard. Bathtubs, lakes, ditches, ponds, spas, any area with water can cause your child to drown. If you want to put your kids in lessons check out the ISR Instructor Locator here.

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