News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, September 2, 2013
North Augusta, SC (WRDW) - It's the sound of panic. The sound of survival.
"Your heart is like, oh my god is that my baby?" said Sheryl Woods.
Her 7 month old little girl is getting a lesson that could eventually save her life.
"She came back up but then she started to float and I was like so that's the purpose of the class," Wood said.
Candice Fox is dedicated to that purpose, teaching children as young as 6 months to save their own lives, if and when they fall into dangerous waters.
"The first thing we do is teach them breath control, so that they learn, OK, when the water comes up to a certain point, that means I need to hold my breath," Fox tells News 12's Patrick Price.
20-month-old Bella Velez spends her afternoons in the most dangerous place of all.
"Turning your head for one moment can be the difference between life and death in the water," says Bellas father, Shawn Velez.
That's why he's here, just in case he isn't there if his daughter ever finds herself in trouble.
"This particular daughter has a lack of fear for most things that I would consider dangerous for a youngster of 20 months," said Velez.
Tomorrow, at not even 2 years old, Bella will graduate.
She now knows how to safe a life, her own life.
"It's great to see the kids graduate but to know that they can actually put it to use and self-rescue should the time come, there's nothing like it in the world," said Fox.