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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 8:45 a.m. MDT

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riverofsun
St.George, Utah

We have family members providing this life saving instruction for their little children.
Amazing what very young children can do with the proper training.
This little one may be an Olympic Star some day.

Adam BC
Plano, TX

That's my daughter Elizabeth! We are so proud of her and honored the Deseret News would feature her.

utah1966
broomfield, CO

No need to worry where this child's safety is concerned. Teaching very young to swim has been around a long time. It probably costs more than most parents can spend. Swim lessons in community pools are usually reasonabley priced but limited to age 5-6 or older. Recently in Denver, CO area,a child drowned in the pool at the child care center where it stayed. You don't have to own a pool for such accidents to happen. They shouldn't happen! Responsible people should know that a child is safe, wherever it is. Check-out daycare centers for any hazards, including pools there or next door. And let the owner know you will not tolerate lax supervision!

Long Time Swim Teacher
Orlando, FL

Instead most experts in learn to swim along with the national office of the American Red Cross and YMCA point to: fence the pool, shut the gate, supervise by being with arms reach of your child, learn CPR and...teach your kids to swim in developmentally appropriate steps. The training this child and others in the comparatively few similar programs focusing on water survival is not and never has been approved or accepted by the national offices listed above though it has been around since the early 1960's. Reason? The training, particularly the intitial training, (never taped)is considered too harsh and likely abusive. No non-swimming adult would subject themselves to such forced training. Of course the trainer never feels it is forced - they feel they are working their magic to a good end. However the end does not justify the harsh training imposed by the teacher at the parent's request nor would it be acceptable or agreeable for overweight moms and dads to be locked in a closet until their weight dropped to a healthy level - for their own good of course ;-) avoiding their life threatening overweight condition. Get to a happy joyful parent - tot program.

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