CPR for Drowning Prevention

As a child swim instructor, I regularly review the basics of CPR for drowning prevention. The statistics demand a pro-active safety attitude with children in the water:

CPR for Drowning Prevention | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Expert Katy Texas

However, CPR for drowning prevention is knowledge everyone should have, especially parents of children who are frequently in the water. Here’s a summary of what you need to know along with some helpful resources to learn more, and be sure to check out our water safety worksheets for kids to get them up to speed.

  • The first and most crucial point: if someone is drowning or is having difficulty after being pulled from the water, ask someone to call 911 immediately. If you are alone, administer CPR treatment for at least two minutes before making an attempt to get help.
  • Be aware of your own safety, including dangerous water conditions. You can’t help someone else if you get yourself in trouble.
  • CPR for drowning must include assisted breathing along with chest compressions. “Hands-only CPR” is a recent technique that applies primarily to victims of cardiac arrest. Drowning victims suffer from oxygen deprivation and need breaths to boost their chance of surviving.

Remember that swimming safety for kids is something they can participate in actively. It’s critical for parents and caregivers to know the basics of CPR for drowning victims, but kids should be taught as soon as they are able to learn: not only will they have a greater personal understanding of the importance of safety in the water, they may be able to save a life as this 11-year-old girl recently saved her 8-year-old sister using CPR for drowning.

Click here for our Water Safety Worksheets for Kids.

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Lead Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

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Modern Research Supports Common Benefits of Infant Aquatics

New research continues to support age-old findings regarding the benefits of early-child swim programs.

This may be old news to parents of toddlers in swim classes: research data supports swimming as beneficial to infants and very young children, specifically in developing balance, fine motor skills, and movement capabilities.

This study comes to us from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Lancaster University. Comparing two groups of 19 babies each – identical except that one group was enrolled in swim classes and the other was not – the study noted the swim group performed markedly better at tasks involving balance and movement, including walking on tiptoes, balancing on one foot, jumping rope, catching a beanbag, and more. Children were tracked from early infancy through to five years of age.

Benefits of Infant Aquatics | Infant Aquatics Expert | Kathleen McMordieFor the 19 swimmers, activities began with those typical of many swim and water therapy classes: back-floating, diving underwater, jumping onto a floating mat, jumping from the pool edge, etc. At age 5, swimmers and non-swimmers were run through an identical battery of tests to gauge performance: the group of swimmers performed almost uniformly better and demonstrated advanced development of motor and balance skills.

Beyond developing physical skills, the study credits swim classes with introducing to children skills they will take with them into pre-school and school, including listening and learning techniques.

We have abundant anecdotal evidence that babies enrolled in swim classes get a developmental leg up versus non-swimmers, however this is one of the first studies to support observations with hard data. With another recent study that links early swimming with improved cognitive development, there is more reason than ever to advocate for swim classes beginning in infancy.

Just be careful not to tell the kids that swimming is good for them… that is the only way they could find a reason not to enjoy it!

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Master Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

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Hidden Benefits of Infant Aquatics

I’m a big believer in infant swimming for increasing a child’s confidence and preparing them for any dangerous encounters with water. Infant swimming allows children to get a head start on important developmental and water survival skills while also providing some lesser known benefits.

Kathleen McMordie Texas Swim Academy Infant Aquatics Benefits

Developing Self-Awareness

Aquatic lessons offer infants mobility within the water that they cannot acquire on land. Many children are extremely mobile within the water even before they can walk. The ability to move and take control over their own body gives an infant a newfound self-awareness that can be incredibly valuable to a growing mind. This also ties into the brain development of an infant child.

Connecting Language and Action

Swimming lessons teach children the connection between language and action. When swimming, a child will learn that the command for kick is associated with the physical motion of kicking. This will jumpstart a child’s verbal development and help them associate verbal language with physical cues. Associating meaning with words is one of the biggest barriers to learning language for many children.

Social Development

Infants in swimming classes will learn to interact with other infants through a shared activity. This bond goes beyond simply playing together. Though infants may not directly interact with each other during the swimming activity, they will be aware that they are all taking part in the same class. This will be invaluable practice for their future, as they will already be exposed to classes and a school setting before they enter into an educational environment.

Infant aquatic is an excellent and healthy activity for any child. If you’re interested in infant aquatic lessons, you can discuss them with a professional to find out more about how they can help. Infant aquatics lessons are especially useful for special needs children.

Texas Swim Academy Infant Aquatics Katy

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Master Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.