An inside look at a class for infants that teaches water survival skills through instincts

WATERFORD, Mich (WXYZ) - "All I saw was her red hair floating in the water."

That's what mother of  four  Becky Zale said as she recounted the moments of how her now 5-year-old daughter Carlee almost drowned.

It's what lead her to be one of the Infant Swimming Resource families we met at the course held at Waterford Mott High School.

And the lessons can be hard to watch. 

The infant goes in face first, and learns to flip over on their own, with instructor close by for one-on-one instruction.

"Childhood drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 4, so there will be over 4-thousand children that will drown this year alone" says instructor Kim Moore, who teaches the class in Waterford.

The method was started by Dr. Harvey Barnett in 1966.  Since then, about 7.8-million children have received ISR self rescue lessons that ISR officials say have saved 800 lives across the world.

Instructors stress the lessons are only survival techniques for an infant to buy a parent time to get to their child.

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