Safe Start Survival Swim Lessons
With Florida leading the nation in the number of childhood drownings deaths, the Y of Central Florida proudly partners with Dr. Phillips Charities in presenting Safe Start, a groundbreaking infant water survival program.
Since 1999, more than 13,400 local children have learned how to be safe, secure and confident around water thanks to Safe Start.
Even babies as young as 6 months can learn Safe Start techniques, including how to hold their breath under water, turn onto their backs, and float unassisted should they accidently fall into a pool.
Children 1 to 6 years old are taught to expand this into a swim-float-swim sequence – learning how to hold their breath underwater, swim with their head down, roll onto their back to float, rest, breathe, and roll back over to continue swimming until they reach the side of the pool, can crawl out of the water or be rescued by an adult.
Children also learn how to master Safe Start Survival Skills, first in a bathing suit, then fully clothed, because most water accidents happen when children are in clothes.