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Infants learning to swim through techniques

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New technique is being taught to help prevent them from drowning. (WFSB) New technique is being taught to help prevent them from drowning. (WFSB)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Drowning doesn’t just happen in the summer, but it can happen year-round, especially among children.

There is no way to guarantee that a child is never going to drown, but there is one technique that will give children an extra layer of protection while swimming.

Dena Blum-Rothman, of Infants Aquatic CT, has dedicated her life to teaching survival swimming lessons to those as young as 6 months old.

“It only takes 1 inch between life and death,” she said.

Her swimming lessons, she said, teach children how to survive if they accidentally fall in the water.

“They can bring themselves up to the surface, learn to float and maintain that float until they're rescued, or swim to the side and get themselves out of the pool,” Blum-Rothman said.

Instructors are able to teach infants how to have control of their breath and roll over onto their backs and float from a face down position.

“It's basically through a series of releases that we do; it's all done through sensory motor skills--through touch,” Blum-Rothman said.

As the water starts to rise on their face, the baby has a physical response to block the water from going into the child’s mouth, through muscle memory.

“Either the traditional, closing of their lips; some kids stick their tongue out and plug it; and others just close their throat and they kind of spit it out like a fountain,” she said.

Lessons for floaters run for about one month, four days per week for just 10 minutes per day.

The lessons are taught at indoor pools across the state.

“We try really hard to reach as many families as possible,” she said.

Parents said they admitted they were a little reluctant at first.

“My husband was a little nervous but now we're so glad that we did it,” said Lauren Ferris of Trumbull.

“We have a pool in the backyard, so we knew we had to protect our children and we wanted them to learn how to survive in case anything happened,” said Bennett Goss of Trumbull.

Once the baby can walk, they can move onto learning how to actually swim.

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