Hello! My name is Carrie Morrow, I am a wife and mother residing in my hometown of Jay, Oklahoma. As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), I started my career in 2016 in a long-term care facility seeing to some of the most beloved elders in our community. In October of the following year, I married the love of my life, Rowdy, a welder who has traveled across the country since he graduated high school. It wasn’t long after that we became parents to a beautiful baby boy we named Rhyatt. In December of 2018, I began looking into infant swim lessons. After much research, I found an instructor who happened to be a little over an hour away. While driving to lessons 4 days a week for 6 weeks, I began contemplating becoming a survival swim instructor. After researching the profession and following many conversations with Judy Heumann, founder of Infant Aquatics, and Brandie Russell, Rhyatt’s instructor and the owner of Ready, Set, Float! it was clear that I had found my calling.
Between the many lakes Oklahoma has to offer and the rising number of home/city pools, survival swim lessons are a critical skill that many parents don’t have the access to. The state of Oklahoma, and more desperately, my hometown area, lack instructors and classes needed to keep our little ones safer around water.
In efforts to prevent accidental drownings in and around the Grand Lake area I have dedicated myself to the education and training of a Survival Swim Instructor. My Infant Aquatics certification course consisted of over 150 hours of in-water training, combined with academic study in the areas of infant physiology, child development and behavior. It has equipped me to teach your child the appropriate skills needed to survive in case of a water accident in 4-6 weeks.
Whether your family enjoys the cliffs at dripping springs, a rope swing in the creek, or a day at the pool; let me help make sure those precious moments remain priceless memories. I cannot stress enough the importance of teaching your little ones, even your infants, swim survival. No parent believes or even thinks an accidental drowning could happen to them, but if you ask any family that’s fallen victim to such a tragedy, they will say they thought so too.
Lessons will be taught in Grand Lake beginning in January of 2020. Infants (age 6 months until walking) will learn to roll back into a survival float. Children who are walking will learn the Swim-Float-Swim sequence, allowing them to swim to safety and use their survival float to rest on their back to get air. Lessons will be 10 minutes a day, Monday-Thursday.
I am very excited to begin this journey and look forward to teaching your child to be comfortable and safe in and around water. Please contact me with any questions.