Swim class teaches infants water safety techniques

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:29 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A swimming instructor in Spokane is teaching babies and toddlers how to survive in deep water.

Jolene Granly has taught over 100 kids as young as six months old how to roll over in the water and float on their back if they fall in water. Her students only spend ten minutes with her five days a week. She said it usually only takes six weeks for her students to learn the survival technique.

"The little kids, it takes a little bit longer to gain their trust and for them to be able to trust their own float and know they can do it themselves," said Granly. "But they all do it."

"It was kind of scary because I didn't know if she could handle it," said Savanna Crandall, mother of 8-month-old Anastasia who is enrolled in Granly's class. "If I know it's going to save my daughter's life, then that's something money can't buy."

"A lot of times it is hard for the parents," said Granly, "and I've found that it's the dads that walk away more than the moms."

"We need to keep our kids safe," she added. "The best way to do that is layers of protection. Pool fences. Gates that lock. Teaching our children how to survive."

You can sign your child up by clicking 'here.'

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