In a country where drowning is the number one killer of infants and toddlers under the age of 4, parents cannot afford to choose a swimming lesson method that fails to teach their child ISR Self-Rescue™ skills.
Children as young as 6 months can learn to save themselves from drowning using the Infant Swimming Resource Self-Rescue™ swimming method.
Our program integrates skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children, teaching them to save their own lives while building the confidence that can lead to a lifetime of fun in and around the water.
Infant Swimming Resource is the ONLY provider of comprehensive swimming and water safety lessons for young children that offers a proven method to teach babies ISR Self-Rescue™ skills in a completely safe environment.
ISR lessons are designed for any child as early as 6 months of age. This is not a traditional swim class where they will be playing in the pool with other kids like a "Mommy and Me" or "Water Babies" class, nor will they be learning stroke work or other swimming techniques; this is a behaviorally based swim program that teaches survival swimming and ISR Self-Rescue™ skills. This is a course designed to teach your child and their body how to respond and rescue themselves in a potential aquatic emergency situation by using ISR's swim-float-swim method. Parents do not get into the pool during the learning process of lessons.
The lessons are no more than 10 minutes DAILY (Monday through Friday) for 4-6 weeks depending on the age of the child and which technique is being taught. Each parent is given a 10-minute time slot for the same time every day. Each child will swim with an instructor one-on-one, and receives approximately 20-30 lessons during the session. All students must attend lessons every day, Monday through Friday for 4-6 weeks.
Children 6 months old to approximately 12 months old will learn a rollback to float technique where they will move from a face-down position to the surface of the water, flip over to their back, float face-up while breathing comfortably until they are rescued.
Children approximately 13 months to 6 years old will learn a swim-float-swim technique where they are taught to hold their breath and swim underwater, rollback into a float so that they can catch their breath and relax their muscles, then flip back over to swim underwater again. They follow this pattern until they reach the side of the pool, stairs, ladder, etc. This takes approximately 6 weeks.
Lessons are short for a variety of reasons. ISR's extensive research has revealed that 10 minutes per day is the most effective and safest way for a child to successfully master ISR's skills, and to retain what they have learned during each lesson. Lessons are also customized to your child in a one-on-one setting, so each child's learning curve and program will be different. However, all children come away with the same skills and the survival swimming techniques that will assist them in an aquatic accident.
The ISR Difference
- How is ISR Different?
ISR Instructors are the most highly trained and qualified Instructors of any swimming program in the country, and must undergo strict re-certification testing annually. Each Instructor is academically trained and tested in areas of child psychology, behavioral science, physiology, and anatomy to provide the most comprehensive and safest lessons possible for your child. In addition, each Instructor spends 6 weeks with a Master Instructor who supervises in-water training while working with actual students.
- Why Choose ISR?
Going beyond traditional swimming instruction, ISR teaches children aquatic survival techniques designed to help them survive should they reach the water alone. For more than 40 years ISR's proven, Self-Rescue™ program has and continues to provide:
Safety: ISR's number one priority for your child.
- Prior to beginning lessons, your child's unique medical history is reviewed by a team of medical professionals to identify any potential health issues that may affect your child's lessons and safety.
- Parent education: Your child is not the only one learning during lessons. ISR's program includes comprehensive parent education on aquatic safety and drowning prevention.
Results: Each ISR Instructor safely and gently guides your child through the process of mastering his/her survival skills. The protocols and ongoing education your Instructor receives ensures that your child, at the end of lessons, will be able to successfully demonstrate the age appropriate survival sequence, including a roll-back-to-float and/or a swim-float-swim.
ISR uses both verbal and non-verbal cues to teach children as young as 6 months. Even though your child might not communicate verbally yet, he or she can learn to ISR Self-Rescue™. Remember, your child may not talk, but he or she has learned motor skills such as to roll, crawl, walk and run. These are the only skills needed to find themselves in water danger.
Unlike other swimming lessons, your child's ISR Self-Rescue™ lessons:
- Are customized and taught one-on-one by a certified ISR instructor
- Last for no more than 10 minutes, Monday through Friday, for approximately 4 to 6 weeks
- Emphasize health, ongoing program evaluations and parent education
- Provide your child with the competence and confidence to safely enjoy the water
- Extensive parent education on safety in and around the water
ISR's safety record and proven instruction techniques are uniquely tailored to your child's needs based on comprehensive assessment and continual monitoring of your child's health and skill attainment by certified ISR instructors.
Prior to each lesson, your Instructor will review the unique physiology of your child, including bowel movements, frequency of urination, diet and meal-times, and the duration of every sleep episode in a 24-hour period on a BUDS sheet (Bowel, Urine, Diet and Sleep) which is kept by the parents.
Your ISR instructor will review the BUDS sheet and ask you further questions if necessary, and then individualize the lesson for your child. If your instructor feels any of these key measurements are not as they should be, your child's lesson may not take place that day for the health and safety of your child. The BUDS sheet ensures your child's comfort and well-being, and provides your child with the opportunity to learn in a healthy and safe environment.
- ISR Safety Statistics
- Backed by 45 years of research and development
- 450 Certified Instructors
- 12 Countries
- Taught over 200,000 Students
- More than 7 million safe lessons
- 790 documented cases of a child using ISR's Self-Rescuetm techniques to save their own life.
- Lesson Fees
Please know that ISR instructors are independent, and pricing may vary based on location. The pricing set by ISR Swim2float does not reflect that of other instructors locally or nationally. Lesson fees are in addition to the registration fee, and is made payable to the instructor. Please contact your instructor for details.
I offer a military and civil service discount, as well as a scholarship program for parents who can demonstrate the need for financial assistance. Financial assistance may be offered through the Infant Swimming Resource Community of Caring Program, or through the instructor as a personal scholarship. Please contact your instructor for details.