Swimming teacher wants to ‘waterproof’ kids as young as 6 months

Updated: Jan. 28, 2019 at 11:00 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Most of us are not thinking about swimming in January, but one Lubbock woman says this is a great time to learn. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading killer of children ages 1-4 besides birth defects.

"Last year 2018 there were 90 fatal drownings in Texas and what we want to do is bring that number all the way down to zero. Drowning is something completely preventable," said Krystle Rose.

Krystle Rose is the owner and operator of Infant Aquatics in Lubbock. She says she knew this was her calling and she wanted to teach kids how to be safe in the water. “Fatal drownings happen and they happen often. I have always been by the water my whole life so whenever I had kids I knew this was something I had to do."

Rose says she teaches kids how to swim from the age of 6 years old to the age 6 months. It may sound a little young, but Rose says its the best time for them to learn. “Swimming is a motor skill. Its just like crawling, walking, or riding a bike so the earlier you start them, the more comfortable they are going to get.”

Rose says each class varies by age, but each child will train four days a week for 10 minutes. “By doing short lessons, it helps me one hone in on their attention spans because children can’t focus for very long."

Rose says she will teach a sequence to the kids including a survival float and a method called ‘swim float swim.’

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