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What if my child cries?

This is probably the most difficult part of the Survival Back Float process.

No parent likes to hear a child in distress and neither do we, at WALLYPOGS.

However, resistance can be a part of this process, but does not necessarily have to be.

Children for some reason most often do not like being on their back in water.

The sensation of water being in a child’s ears, along with being on their back in water with a new person,

is most likely a new experience. The first week is generally when most of the crying will take place.

By the second week children are far calmer and by Graduation Day the crying is pretty much “in the past.”

A great deal also depends upon the personality and temperament of a child.

An easy going child will often times “go with the flow” and relax very quickly,

where as a child who is a bit more willful might challenge the process for a longer period of time.

" There are positives about crying...so, remind your parents of these very important facts"

* If a child is crying there is air in their lungs.

* The crying acts as an alarm so you can more easily find them.

* And finally… It is far easier to hear your child cry, while on their back in a pool…learning how to save their life…

than to never hear them cry again.

I don't have a pool, spa, or boat.

Why should I give my child survival float lessons?

Children are curious and want to explore.

Neighborhood pools, ponds, lakes surround us all.

Water glistens, is shiny and calls to a child.

Water entices children more than adults can imagine.

Humans are born with fear of falling and loud noises, but no inborn fear of water.

The Drowning Statistics nationwide and especially in California,

where drowning is the leading cause of death for children pages I-4,

supports the need for a program that teaches infants and toddlers the Survival Back Float, as only one part of the many “layers of prevention” a parent should implement.

As a parent, how am I a part of this team?

Parents and instructor work, in concert, as a support team

committed to the Survival Back Flotation process .

In addition to attending a Parent Orientation Meeting (required prior to lessons beginning) one parent will need to be in the water with their child

at certain times during the instruction process to learn how to work with their child.

Parents take over where WALLYPOGS leaves off

and need to be totally comfortable with their ability to keep child floating.

The more a child floats the stronger the skill becomes.

The instructor will determine, by child’s progress,

at what time to ask parent to come into the water.

How does the program manage to elicit

a positive response from my child?

 

In a relaxed and assured manner, the instructor places a child into the water

While holding them securely and talking in a continuous, loving, reassuring manner,

a child is slowly taught and conditioned to feel secure, confident, safe and happy

when lying still and floating on their back.

Why should my infant/toddler be taught floating instead of swimming?

Because survival is the priority, back flotation is stressed.

The very young child usually does not have the coordination or strength

to breathe independently from a face down position for an extended period of time.

At the age of three, verbal skills, the ability to follow directions and physical stamina

have developed well enough for the child to be taught to swim.

At WALLYPOGS back floatation is still strongly stressed.

Our experience has been that children who have been taught to back float,

show more control once they are taught to swim.

In an emergency situation, even when child is older,

the ability to recall the back float is far greater.

Is my child drown proof?

NO, NO, NO!

No child or adult should ever be considered "drown proof"

and no swim program produces 100% safety.

When successfully completed and reinforced, your child should, temporarily,

be able to handle themselves, in the case of a water emergency.

However, a parent can never have a false sense of security.

This program is designed, only, to give your child a fighting chance at survival

and to allow the additional time you may need to get to your child,

should they sneak off and fall into the water unattended.

Constant parent/adult supervision is the only true drown proofing.

What is Infant/Toddler Survival Back Float?

It is a unique, personalized program where a young child is taught to float,

calmly and unaided on their back, when placed in water.

A child who is taught Survival Back Float early in their water experience

gains a greater respect for the water and has a better understanding

of how to safely handle them selves when in water.

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