I am a childless uncle who just became very worried about the water safety of my nephew. Whether this is my business, or not, I'm thinking of making it my business:
My nephew (who is 4-yrs old) recently finished "swimming" lessons. However, he can't roll right/left to breathe while moving forward. And, he can't float on his back. All he does is swim out to a person standing in the pool; breathe; swim back to side of the pool.
This Thanksgiving weekend, I was at a bar adjacent to a huge pool at a resort. On the far side, my nephew was taking leaps into the pool and "swimming" out to my father. Then... rather than take a leap, he turns left and starts running along the side of the pool. It was a cool day, very few people were out, and no one was near where my nephew was running.
- Am I wrong in thinking that this was a life or death situation? My sister is blowing me off about this. She is proud he can "swim".
- Am I wrong to think that a child needs to know how to float on his back, or be afraid of the water? My nephew is currently fearless of "swimming". That is incredibly dangerous?
I've read the opinions of the haters of "ISR infant swimming survival". They argue that "ISR" terrifies the child. Yes, it is terrifying. And, that is how it should be. If you can't get on your back a float, you should not (get in) / (fall in) water deeper than you can stand. That's obviously common sense, right?
btw: My first memory is the "final exam" of my ISR training. I was innocuously asked to put shoes on. Then the instructor sat next to me, tied the shoelaces together, and threw me in... That was torture. I found the name "Dr. Harvey Barnett" in the "about" page of infantswim.com . My instructor's name was "Harvey". If that Harvey taught swimming in central Florida in the late 1970s, I might have found my man. I do forgive him though. He made me into a strong swimmer.