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Parents hope toddler floating lessons will save lives

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Summer fun can often end tragic with unattended children falling into pools and waterways. 

But some parents are starting to teach their how to swim before they can even crawl.

This very unique program is helping children, some as young as 6-months-old, survive if they fall into water.

George Sloan, who is only 20 months old, is no stranger to the water.  He's in the pool five days a week through a program called infant swim resource.

George's mom, Betsy, already had her oldest son, Ivan, go through the classes.  She said it may be hard to watch your child in the water at such a young age, but it's worth it in the long run.

"To know that your child could get into a dangerous situation and have a fighting chance to save themselves is why my children (have taken the program.) My son is 20 months old. There's no way he could get into a pool and expect to survive (at that age.) But I have confidence that if George got into a pool, he could float on his back until I was able to get him," said Betsy Sloan.

Instructor Kennette Pyles works with each child one-on-one for 10 minutes a day.

This is something that is deeply personal for Pyles. Fourteen years ago she lost her son to a drowning accident in Alabama.

"It's something no kid has to go through. They don't have to drown. Parents don't have to bury their children when they drown. This is an opportunity for them to learn a skill that will save their lives," said Pyles.

After six weeks in the water, a 14-month-old named Luke had his final lesson. He was fully dressed to simulate what it would be like if he fell into the water unattended.  Within seconds he flipped over and floated.

"It's the only skill that can really save their life.  It's a skill that carries on with them for the rest of their life," said Pyles.

Visit the link for classes that teach toddlers these swimming classes: http://www.infantswim.com/

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