Nadine Cecchini teaches children as young as nine months old the basics of survival swimming. She says providing children with swim lessons is important, but so is preventing accidents from happening. She urges parents to always supervise children around the pool, never assume someone else is watching your child, and fence and lock the pool when it is not in use. It is important for parents to know how to swim too... in case the child is in trouble. She adds removing temptation will deter children from approaching the pool.
Parents shouldn't rely on floatation devices such as water wings or pool noodles, and only trust Coast Guard approved life vests to keep children afloat. It only takes about 20 seconds for a child to drown, and very little water.
A book Nadine Cecchini recommends to teach children about pool safety is called "Josh the Baby Otter" and to contact her for survival swim lessons, you can call Middle Georgia Little Swimmers at (478) 501-6267.