Infant Swim Survival
Child Drowning Prevention by teaching Infant Swim Survival Techniques.
On 25th September 2013 my grandson, Loui Aspinall, drowned almost 3 years old whilst on a family holiday. This devastated our family and, because of this, we did not want another child and their family to suffer as we have through drowning.
Emma, Loui's mum, researched into water safety and subsequently founded Infant Swim Survival in the UK. This is a life saving skill that teaches children, from as young as 6 months of age, how to roll over onto their back and float in water. Unlike regular swimming lessons that are taught when children are much older, this is 100% survival. Emma trained in America and has now been teaching Infant Swim Survival here in the UK since April 2017.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The grant money would be used as a bursary to provide children in our community with reduced priced lessons for poorer families so that they are not disadvantaged by their economic status.
The charge for a 6 week course is £150. We propose to use the grant for disadvantaged families that a bursary of £100 be given to reduce the cost of the lessons from £150 to £50. A grant of £500 will benefit 5 children by enabling them to learn Infant Swim Survival, that otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn these skills.
"Mum Toni says her daughter, Ella, managed to save her own life in the water after spending just a few weeks on the Infant swim survival course.
Four-year-old Ella Johnson was holidaying with her aunt Joanne Smith at a caravan in Wales when the incident happened. During the break the youngster - who was just four weeks into her training with Emma - fell into the deep end, but managed to rescue herself.
Ella's mum, Toni Johnson from Wigan, said: "Ella fell into the deep end of the pool. My sister did see this and was ready to go into help her, but hung back to see what Ella's reactions would be.
"Other parents were looking at my sister in disbelief, then Ella came back up, got herself onto her back into the float position and started to cry for help.
"At this point my sister was at the edge of pool, stepped in and lifted my daughter up and said 'well done' and gave Ella praise for what she'd done."
Toni said her sister was quizzed by other parents around the pool who asked how Ella had known what to do, so she went on to explain about the Infant Swim Survival course.
She added: "Ella is now eight weeks into learning with Emma and already can swim four metres. She can also do Infant Swim Survival fully clothed with trainers.
"Emma has never promised my child would be drown proof, she is an amazing teacher and has a lot of patience and in my eyes it's money that is well spent."
Toni Johnson - Parent of infant trained in Infant Swim Survival"