After growing up in Florida and spending a lot of time around water, I wanted our children to learn water safety at an early age. I enrolled our twin boys in Safe Start at two-and-a-half, along with our one-year-old daughter. Just weeks after they graduated from the program, we realized what a life-saving decision we had made:
We were on a family vacation, everyone was swimming, and our daughter was standing at the edge of the pool. I was squatting behind her with my hands out, when I turned my head for a split second. All-of-a-sudden my husband shouted, “Amanda, she’s floating!” It happened so fast, I never even saw Alana fall into the pool!
Until that moment, I never thought something like this could happen to me, as I tend to hover too much over our kids. Now I know that it only takes a few seconds for your world to change and, thankfully, Alana knew just what to do. I looked down to see her calmly floating, waiting for me to pick her up. The crazy thing is that even though I knew the value of Safe Start (and had even experienced it saving our daughter’s life), when our fourth child was born I considered not enrolling him in the course. Many people had told me that the youngest child picks things up on their own and I thought I’d save myself the time and money.
I ended up hearing a story that convinced me to take Andrew through the lessons as well, and I’m confident it was the right decision. Being the youngest, he thinks he can do everything the big kids do, including jumping into the pool! He has no fear of the water. How grateful I am to instructor Justina, who has taught all four of our children and, most importantly, has given my husband and me peace of mind.”