Mindy York’s outlook on child safety was drastically changed over 20 years ago, when she was at a community pool. While she was tending to her oldest child, her younger daughter was sitting on a chair at the edge of the water.
Within seconds, Mindy’s daughter was in the fight for life, after she fell into the pool. If Mindy had acted only a few seconds later, her daughter might not have survived. As a result, she stresses water safety to every parent she meets, and she’s devoted her professional and personal life to teaching swimming lessons for children.
‘In that split second my daughter got off the chair and went into the pool–without a splash. I turned around in a panic because I couldn’t find her and my son told me she was at the bottom of the pool. I went in and immediately pulled her from the water. All I could think of at that moment was apply my knowledge of CPR immediately. I gave her CPR and she began breathing. This was the moment my life would change forever.”
Mindy’s life changed in more ways than she would ever imagine. Not only did she keep a closer eye on her kids and become much more cautious around the pool, she was inspired to change her career path to a field where she could devote her new-found passion for protecting children.
As a trained water survival and drowning prevention expert, drowning prevention expert Mindy York works along with fellow personal swim coach Marlene Bloom, teaches swimming lessons for toddlers, infants and anyone of any age who wants to learn how to swim. Their youth swimming programs include:
- The Otter Baby Infant Program: An introduction to the water with a parent.
- Turn, Kick Reach Swimming Academy (TKR): For ages 10 months and up, Turn, Kick, Reach is a five consecutive day program to train children with the essential survival skills if they fell into the water. In Turn, Kick, Reach, the swimmers learn to hold their breath and put their face in the water; swim to the steps and wall by kicking and MOST IMPORTANT, to turn around and swim back to where they fell into the water. Mindy knows the value of those skills, especially after seeing her daughter survive the near tragedy.
“I went on a mission to make sure that what happened to me never happens to another parent. Our life time goal is to save one million children from drowning through education and teaching every child and adult to swim.”
Other programs at Baby Otter Swim School near Ft. Lauderdale include:
Drownings are the leading cause of death for Children under five, which is why it’s also known as the Silent Killer. Here are some important pool safety tips for parents:
As Mindy found out, a child can fall into a body of water without a splash, and before anyone realizes that the child is even missing it is too late.
IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Supervision is the number one layer of protection .
- Always know where you kids are at all times and if they go missing the first place to look is in the pool. Alarms on the door, very very important.
- Make sure that when a door that goes out to the back yard is opened a sound is made from your alarm system.
- If you do not have an alarm there are portable alarms that can be placed on a door and set to go off once the door is opened.
- Know how to turn your pool pump off if a child gets caught up in the suction part of the drain.
These are just some of the important layers of protection. Please understand that children are curious and the water is like a magnet. It attracts their attention so they feel they can jump in to have fun, or they fall in. Pool fences are vital as well. Their are many layers (precautions) that can be put into place to prevent these horrible tragedies.