This fall brought instructors from Vietnam and Albuquerque to Infant Aquatics℠. Jessica Sanchez MD and Tuyen Ho are two of the brightest, most gifted individuals that Judy Heumann has ever had the privilege to train. Jessica chose to replace a career in medicine with a future devoted to saving lives in the water. She writes: “In medicine we are always helping people find a way to prevent illnesses or tragic events from occurring. This program is surely a step in the right direction because it teaches children essential water skills and helps to jump start a healthy life.”
Tuyen traveled half-way around the world to learn to teach lifesaving water safety skills. An honor student on scholarship at universities in New Zealand and Vietnam, Tuyen spent the past 5 years as a foreign currency trader at HSBC Bank and then decided to pursue a more meaningful life path. Tuyen writes: “With many rivers and a long coastal line, Vietnam has the highest fatal drowning rate in the region. More than 11,000 children die of drowning every year. These figures are heart-breaking, and I believe that bringing Infant Aquatics℠ to Vietnam is essential and just the right thing to do.”
It has been an honor to train both of these women. All of us at Swim•Float•Swim!℠ hate to see them leave, but are thankful for their friendship.