Jun 14, 2014 3:20 PM GMT
NYT: Babies are taught to hold their breath underwater, kick their feet, turn over to float on their backs and rest until help arrives. The technique was pioneered in the late ’60s by Harvey Barnett, who at 18 became determined to teach infants to swim after the drowning of a neighbor’s child. His methods have spread around the world — taught in clinics and imitated widely. “It gives the baby the best possible chance,” he says.
Residential swimming pools in the U.S.: 10.4 million
Accidental, nonboating drownings of children 14 or younger in the U.S. every day: 2
Babies who have been taught ‘self-rescue’ technique through Barnett’s infant-swimming program: Almost 300,000