Lessons are 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week for approximately 6 weeks.
ISR lessons are designed for any child as early as 6 months of age, including children with special needs or disabilities. 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 psychologically 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 Self-Rescue method. Parents do not get into the pool during the learning process of lessons.
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 danger near the water.
Each child will swim with an instructor one-on-one, and receives approximately 20-30 lessons during the session.
6 to 12 months
Beginning at 6 months of age, children 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, and float face-up while breathing and resting comfortably until they are rescued.
Children who have been walking unassisted for a few months up to 6 years of age 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.
6 to 12 months
The focus will be on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives.
1 to 6 years
The focus will be on teaching the swim-float-swim survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or can be rescued.
Refresher lessons are extremely important in continuing and maintaining your child's ISR Self-Rescue skill development. 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.
We focus on safe, customized, one on one lessons by a certified Instructor, ISR's survival swimming lessons emphasize health, on going program evaluations and parent education to deliver the most effective and safest results in the industry.
"Not one more child drowns!"