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June 2, 2011
Free water safety event in Lodi Saturday

A water safety event in Lodi Saturday will offer families a chance to see how self-rescue skills in the pool can save a child's life.

Infant Swimming Resource is hosting the free awareness event from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Twin Arbors Athletic Club, 2040 Cochran Rd., Lodi.

Infant Swimming Resource, founded in 1966, is a leading provider of survival swimming lessons for children six months to 6 years old, according to the organization's website.

The free event Saturday will include demonstrations with children who have completed Infant Swimming Resource lessons in the pool, free materials from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Pool Safely" program, fire truck tours and police and fire officials on hand who can address parents' water safety concerns, said Melody Callaway, spokewoman for Infant Swimming Resource, in an e-mail to The Bee.

Families also will be able to sign up for lessons, she said.

The focus of the event is to help promote awareness about drowning prevention, Julie Schiess, one of the group's certified instructors, stated in a news release.

"Even with alarms, door locks, pool fences and supervision, children can escape from protective care and find themselves in trouble," she stated. "...We arm children with the skills to survive if they were to accidentally end up in the water alone."

For more information on Infant Swimming Resource, click here. For information on the safety commission's "Pool Safely" campaign, click here.

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