Australian mom Roxanne Turner posted a shocking video of her 9-month-old son, Max, being flipped upside down, face-first, into a swimming pool by a swim instructor.
The first few seconds of the video could make any viewer panic, but in truth, the swim instructor is performing potentially life-saving training.
As the video shows, Max is fully submerged for no more than a few seconds before he surfaces, flips onto his back and floats on the water without any help at all. He kept his face above water and stayed afloat by pushing himself up with his arms and legs.
It’s all part of the Kids Aquatic Survival School in which Turner enrolled her son; the swim instructor purposely dropped Max headfirst to teach him how to survive in the event of an emergency.
Woohoo… That’s our Max finally passed his Survival Course today… Equipped with life saving skills that most 5 year olds don’t possess… Did he cry, yes. Did he laugh, love and grow, YES… whilst this course does not make them drown proof it gives them the very best chance at survival if an accident were to occur… Don’t leave it until its too late.
According to the Kids Aquatic Survival School website, the swimming program teaches babies how to take a deep breath before falling into the water, rolling onto their backs, and floating. The program also teaches kids how to do this with heavier winter clothing so that they can be prepared in the event they fall into water while wearing restrictive clothing.
The program exists because the death rate of toddlers by drowning is extremely high.
According to the World Health Organization, “drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children” between the ages of 1 and 3. In the U.S., it is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 through 14.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a preventative measure parents can take against accidental drowning is enrolling their kids in swimming lessons, or survival classes like the one in which Max is enrolled. The CDC also recommends putting fences and barriers around at-home pools.
But Turner knows that fences are not nearly protective enough, and that’s why she chose the swimming program. She posted a video of her toddler daughter, Ruby, climbing over the fence around their pool after Turner had looked away for just a brief moment.
On Facebook, Turner wrote:
I’m in and out prepping dinner and within 30 seconds, Ruby has made a decision to do something she’s never done before. Time for some extra safety precautions… This is why we do Survival Swim, can never have too many safety barriers with toddlers… Clever & determined little buggers.
Now, Turner is petitioning on Change.org for government-funded programs to teach Australian children survival swimming techniques. Accidents can take only a second, but if children are prepared, the difference could be life-changing.