Survival Swim Courses
Lessons for each new student are 5 days a week, Monday-Friday.
Each individual lesson is a maximum of 10 minutes in duration.
Learning ISR Survival Skills averages between 30-40 lessons (6-8 weeks).
With swim-rollback-float lessons, your child can swim underwater until they need to breathe, roll to their back to rest, breathe, and float until rescued by an adult. This skill set takes about 6 weeks to accomplish.
The swim-float-swim program teaches your child to swim underwater until they need to breathe, roll to their back for a few breaths until rested, then swim starting the sequence again until they reach the pool steps, side of the pool, or the shoreline. This skill set takes between 6-8 weeks to accomplish.
Maintain Learned Skills
These lessons are for children who have already completed initial ISR lessons. Maintenance lessons help students to maintain their skills and confidence. Maintenance lessons should be scheduled at the intervals recommended by the instructor, ranging from once or twice a week to once a month. Please contact your instructor directly to schedule ISR maintenance lessons.
Helps former students as their bodies grow from Infant to Toddler to Young Child
These lessons are for children who have already completed initial ISR lessons and need to refresh their skills. Children grow and develop rapidly from infants to toddlers and young children. This development process represents improved strength, coordination, and a more finely tuned cognitive ability. In accordance with this growth, children enrolled in ISR return periodically to participate in Refresher Lessons. Each refresher session takes about 3 weeks.
Each student is taught one-on-one with your Certified ISR instructor. Each lesson is individualized to the child’s needs and abilities and each child is safely guided through the learning process.
After going through the ISR Self-Rescue® program, your child will have an excellent swimming foundation. They will have learned good breath control, head and body posture, and swim movement. Students go on to use their skills for learning stroke work and rotary breathing and because the little ones are competent, happy swimmers, families enjoy being in and around the water together.
Daily consecutive attendance is critical to acquiring ISR Self-Rescue® skills.
Why is ISR worth the cost?Great question! ISR has been researched and developed for 55+ years. It’s nationally recognized as the safest swim program for infants and children. Your children will learn life saving skills that traditional lessons do not provide. If you are looking for a swim class that focuses on socialization and play rather than safety and survival, you might consider traditional swim lessons. 1. ISR teaches your children to SWIM. There are no other programs in our area that will teach your child to swim with his face in the water or offer any sort of guarantee about what he will learn. Many parents come to us after spending hundreds of dollars on traditional “swim” programs frustrated because their child doesn’t have any discernible skills after weeks, months, or even years of lessons. 2. You do not need to enroll your children into swim lessons summer after summer, year after year. Once they learn these skills, they have them forever. With maintenance and refresher lessons, they will retain their skills indefinitely. You end up spending more money over time on traditional lessons that are taught by former high school swimmers or college students trying to make some spending money over the summer. Speaking of teaching credentials… 3. ISR instructor requirements: First aid and CPR certified; minimum 80 hours of in-water training with a Master Instructor and a minimum of 100 hours academic work outside the water. Academic work includes anatomy and physiology, advanced applied behavioral science, and studies of childhood development, communication, and interpersonal skills. Mandatory yearly recertifications are required as well as ongoing in-water and theoretical development. Lastly, if you add up what you’d spend in a traditional swim program for a few weeks during the summer – where they leave the class with little to no skills – and then multiply that by every summer until he is 6 years old, this program costs significantly less and the value is infinitely greater.
When are lessons and how long is a session of ISR?Lessons are attended 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week for an average to of 6 - 8 weeks. The consistency of daily lessons is critical for learning efficiency. Lessons need to be consistent. The duration and presentation of the lesson is essential to the retention of skills.
Why 5 Days a Week and only for 10 Minutes?Repetition and consistency are crucial elements of learning for young children. Research shows that short, more frequent lessons result in higher retention. 10 minute lessons ensure the safety of the student and prevents them from becoming too fatigued to learn and retain skills effectively. Lessons are hard work and therefore your child will also be loosing body heat. Instructors check students regularly for temperature fatigue since this is an indicator of physical fatigue. We are teaching highly specialized skills and it is very important to attend class every day.
Why do the babies cry?Babies don’t yet have the verbal skills to express themselves, and crying is a completely normal reaction for a young child who is in a new and challenging situation. Some never cry and most children stop crying when they become confident and more skilled in the water. It is VERY important that the parent sets the example by keeping a positive tone when at lessons and when discussing lessons with or around the child.
Why Choose ISR?ISR families choose our program because they understand that before children learn that the water is a fun place to play, they must have the skills to handle this environment independently. Reaching a body of water alone is the biggest danger that your healthy child under the age of 5 will face in their young lives. Survival skills must come before games and songs. Statistics show that a large majority of drowning accidents occur when kids were not expected to be swimming. This means that most kids who drown are fully clothed, and find themselves in the water without goggles or floatation devices.
Is my child too young/old for ISR Lessons?The ISR program is for infants and children aged 6 months-6 years, but really there is no upper age limit! Older children also need survival skills and are able to learn Self-Rescue skills. Babies must be 6 months old AND must be able to sit in an upright position independently.
Can other swim programs teach the same skills?You deserve to know how long it will take your child to be skilled to swim and float independently if you are paying them for instruction! If they can't tell you that, it is highly probable that you will spend the same amount of money on those lessons (just spread out over years) that you would in 6 weeks of ISR. Also if your young child can learn to swim at one of these places, that's great. However, they need an option to safely rest & breathe. Treading water is NOT a desirable option as young children (and even adults) tire of this very quickly. Students should know how to swim, float to rest & get their breath, and continue swimming.
How do kids react to their first lessons?Children often fuss during the first few lessons because they are in a new environment, learning something new and around new people. As your child becomes more confident in his/her ability in the water, the fussing will decrease. It is not unlike the first time you tried a new exercise class or were asked to perform a task at work that you'd never done before: the first time you try a new task it is always challenging until you get the hang of it. It is the same for your young child. Your child is learning to perform a skill that he/she's never done before. Crying is their way of communication before they have learned other ways to express themselves.
What other benefits do the ISR lesson experience provide students?Every child is unique. Many parents re-port that once their young children have mastered learning to swim, the resulting confidence in their abilities creates a positive self-concept and confidence that is often demonstrated in other aspects of their personalities. There are also obvious health and other psychological gains.
What your child will learn with ISR Self-Rescue depends on his or her age and developmental readiness, but in all cases, at minimum, your child will learn to roll onto his or her back to float, rest, and breathe, and to maintain this position until help arrives.