Infant Swimming classes open at Bob Sierra pool


Kristina Korthas gingerly handed her baby to an instructor who stood in the pool this week at the Bob Sierra Family YMCA. The instructor walked into the water several feet and let little Sophia go. • The 8-month-old surfaced and bobbed, floating on her back. • This was Sophia's fifth week of classes in Infant Swimming Resource, a program designed to teach water survival to children ages 6 months to 6 years. Floating clicked for Sophia last week and now she worked on rolling. The instructor turned her facedown. Sophia rolled — with a little help — and cried.

Instructors expect tears and wails in this program that started last month in the Bob Sierra pool. Amanda Karr became certified to teach ISR in April, after teaching swimming for 13 years.

Hillsborough County regularly ranks among the highest counties nationally for drowning deaths of children under 4, said Monica Mirza, executive director of the New Tampa YMCA.

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