Granger Smith and his wife Amber shared an important message about drowning prevention following the heartbreaking loss of their three-year-old son River in a drowning accident at home.
The couple took to Instagram to share a video of their infant son Maverick in Infant Swim Rescue courses saying, “I never thought I would post something like this, but my mind is blown.”
Granger explained, “This is a vid of our 8 month old Maverick on his 10th ISR (infant swim rescue) lesson. He’s in full clothes and diaper. He can barely crawl, but now he knows how to hold his breath, twist his body, find the air, float on his back and cry. He can do this falling in head first, feet first or any orientation. He has the skills to float until help comes.”
The country singer told fans, “Only ONE person needs to see this, and hear my plea to you. Drowning is the #1 accidental death of children age 4 and under. Thinking that adult supervision is enough is an absolutely DEADLY miscalculation. Hear me. I used to think that too.”
He urged followers to “Supervise, install a fence (unlike this Airbnb,) install a pool alarm, never use floaties, always use a coast guard approved life jacket on open water, enroll kids in ISR. If not, fill your pool with dirt and plant a garden. This goes for neighbors, grandparents, hotels and public pools. Hear me.”
He concluded, “Maverick is in no pain or danger. I could not attend these classes because of my own vulnerabilities, but @amberemilysmith is an absolute rockstar and feels an obligation to the public to share this message. Spread the word. River’s life mattered. He’s saving thousands of others. Hear me.”
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