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Babies learning to survive in water

BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means many pools will open to kick off the unofficial start of summer. The water can be a fun way to enjoy the holiday, but it can also be dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drowning is the leading cause of injury/death for children 1-4 years old. Every day an average of 10 people drown. Among those, two of the 10 are under 15 years old.

One woman is working to make kids safe in the water, and lower those statistics.

"We don't want one more child to drown," Shelley Duke said.

Her swimming class is unlike most. It's normal to see a one-year old floating on their own, babies learning to swim and how to survive.

"It's basically like training Shamu, it's behavioral psychology," Duke said.
She is a certified infant swimming resource instructor. She teaches kids 6 months to 6 years old what to do if they fall into water.

"Children 6 months to 12 months, they learn to roll back and float. Children over 12 months learn to swim-float-swim to get to an edge until they can crawl out or get to safety," Duke said.

Two-year old Joshua is in his second round of the lessons.

"All of this is really for preventative measures in the event that he would fall into a body of water," his father, Benjamin Lee said.

What happens if Joshua ever did fall into water?

"I do feel confident that he would know what to do, whether to grab for the wall or to flip over, keep his head above water," Lee said.

Duke creates a simulation of falling into the water with another lesson, David. He's one years old. After she flips him into the water, David is able to flip onto his back and get to the wall.

"It's amazing how such a small body can, is able to float and swim," his father, Juan Iribarren, said.

Duke teaches the techniques to help reduce a frightening fact for parents.

"Drowning is a leading cause of death and it jut, I can't handle it," Duke said. "I just try to save their, or teach to equip themselves to save their lives.

The babies may not be swimming laps, but Duke is determined every child learns to survive in any body of water, including recreational  pools.

Many of Jefferson County's city pools open this weekend:

Magnolia Pool
2930 Gulf St.
Beaumont, TX
Open noon-5 p.m. this weekend
Open only on weekends until school is out
Open during the week, after school is out

Alice Keith Pool
4050 Reed St.
Beaumont, TX
Will not open until school is out

Nederland Swimming Pool
2301 Avenue H
Nederland, TX
Open 1-5 p.m. May 24 and May 25
Open 1-6 p.m. Memorial Day
Open weekends only; regular schedule starts June 10

Lakeview Pool
5200 7th St.
Port Arthur, TX
Open 12-7 p.m. May 24
Open 1-7 p.m. May 25

Walter Mosely Pool
1217 Joe Louis Ave.
Port Arthur, TX
Open 12-7 p.m. May 24
Open 1-7 p.m. May 25


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