Giggling and shivering in the cold pool water, 3-year-old Noah Baxter wrapped his arms around swim teacher Lisa Weitzman-Alfordâ€™s neck as she swung him in a slow circle.
â€œSpeedboat, speedboat, go so slow,â€ Weitzman-Alford sang, increasing speed while instructing Noah to hold his arms straight in front of him. â€œSpeedboat, speedboat, go so fast!â€
Over the next 30 minutes, Noah and four other toddlers taking the â€œLearn to Swimâ€ course recently at Allentownâ€™s Mack Pool practiced floating on their backs, holding their breath and pulling themselves out of the pool â€• all skills theyâ€™d need if they ever fell into water and there was no grown-up around to help.
â€œThere really is no safe child in the water, just a more prepared child,” Weitzman-Alford said.
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