A Kapuskasing resident is hoping to teach young children how to save themselves if they fall into a pool or go beyond the shoreline. Melissa Haskett is fundraising to attend an Infant Swimming Resource class in Arizona in October. Once certified she would be able to teach children six months to six years old.
“So basically ISR teaches children to swim a short distance, rotate on their back to a floating position and to turn over to continue the sequence of swimming and floating until they can reach a safe distance to their steps or side of the pool or shoreline where they may fall in,” she said.
Haskett is nearly a quarter of the way to her goal of $16,000 for the project that’s being done in honour of her son Zack’s who drowned in 2012.
She says donating swimming lessons through a bracelet fund, and learning more about drowning prevention are other tasks she has done.
“And I needed to do something more so I finally wanted to make the final steps and become a certified instructor for ISR Infant Swimming Resource which is a different kind of swimming lessons,” she said.
Here are the links to her Facebook page and GoFundMe Account:
Here is the full interview with Melissa Haskett: