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Water Babies! Would You Let Your Tot Try This Survival Swimming Program?

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(TODAY) -- A new type of swimming instruction called ISR, Infant Swimming Resource, trains babies — in small, 10-minute spurts — how to survive in water by trusting their own buoyancy.

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 to 3 years of age in 30 states. That's why JoAnn Barnett, the CEO of ISR, believes her program is successful and necessary.

The structured lesson plans are for babies and kids from 6 months to 6 years old.

Parents can sit nearby, but not interfere with the lesson plan.

The New York Times reports that almost 300,000 babies have been taught these "self-rescue" techniques.

Babies and kids take classes five days a week for six weeks, for only 10 minutes at a time.

During ISR, babies learn to flip themselves over to float on their backs.

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