Infant Self Rescue teaches babies, toddlers, kids skills to save themselves

By Aaron Wische - Senior Executive Producer

HOUSTON - The evening of Aug. 14, 2007, Emily Foreman had just put her 13-month-old twins in the bathtub. She forgot she had pork chops cooking on the stove and left the twins in the tub just briefly.

"In a matter of minutes my daughter was under the water," said Foreman.

She tried to revive Mallory, but it was too late. 

"I left the room and I thought I could go to the kitchen in a small one-story house, and it would be OK and I was wrong," said Foreman. "So you know, I deal with that daily."

But several years later Foreman said she was fortunate enough to have another baby girl.

"God blessed us and gave us another chance," said Foreman.

Through a friend, Foreman heard about a survival swim program. She didn't hesitate and signed up her daughter. Brynlee was just 17 months old at the time.

"I'll say it was tough to take her, and watch her go underwater and learn the skills necessary for Infant Self Rescue, especially with my situation of the drowning," said Foreman.

ISR is a four- to six-week program that lasts 10 minutes a day, five days a week. It starts with a baby getting used to the water and ends with the children -- fully clothed -- learning how to roll face up, float on their backs and swim to the edge.

"I loved it. I loved what the program did for my daughter Brynlee," said Foreman. "Her confidence in the water, she had what I called a healthy respect for the water."

Now Foreman's life has come full circle. She's teaching other children self-rescue.

"I think it's the best thing you can give your child, which is just a chance," Foreman said.

She teaches children that range from babies all the way up to 6 year olds.

"We started with Miss Emily when (Ashton) was about two and a half. He's always been fearless of water," said Jennifer Swavy of her son.

Swavy's son actually had to put to use what Foreman taught him. Ashton accidentally fell into his grandparent's pool.

"But he did exactly what he was supposed to do. He flipped himself over, floated up to the top, and managed to get himself to the edge and pull himself out," said Swavy. "I get chills just thinking about it."

Ashton was just fine.

"I have a story that can go and teach other parents. It happens, it happens to good people," said Foreman. "So if you can give them a chance of life saving, it's the best gift ever."

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