ISR Waterkids

About Infant Swimming Resource Lessons

Students six months through six years learn to rescue themselves in an aquatic emergency. Children learn to adjust their behavior and movements in the water to keep themselves safe, even in a changing aquatic environment. Specialized techniques and prompts are used to to teach even pre-verbal babies the necessary movements to swim and/or float for safety. ​​​

Infant Swimming Resource Lessons

Children 6-15 months:

A student who is sitting independently (approximately 6-8 months) to about 15 months will learn how to hold his breath underwater and to rotate unassisted from a face-down position in the water to a back float. The baby will maintain a float until someone rescues him. It typically takes 4-5 weeks for a child this age to learn the necessary skills.

Children 15 months-6 years:

A child who at least 15 months old and is walking will learn a swim-float-swim sequence. ​​​Older children will learn the full ISR Self-Rescue™ sequence of swimming until they need air, rotating onto the back to float, then rolling back over to continue swimming. ISR students are taught to repeat this sequence until they reach the safety of the steps,​​ side of the pool, or the shoreline. It typically takes an average of 6-8 weeks for a child this age to learn the necessary skills. Once a student has become skilled, she will learn to perform the skills in various types of clothing. This is because 90% of water accidents occur with clothes on, and I want to be sure your child will be an aquatic problem solver in any situation.

Lesson Format:

ISR has the highest safety standard of any other swim program. All lessons are private with just one student in the pool with the instructor at all times. Each lesson is individualized to meet you child’s specific needs and abilities. Lessons are 5 days per week, Monday-Friday, which provides the frequent practice and reinforcement necessary to acquire and retain the skills. Each lesson is kept short, up to 10 minutes, in order to avoid muscle exhaustion. I will check frequently for fatigue or other signs that your child may need to end lessons for the day. Your child will have the same 10 minute time slot daily. No child is ever thrown into the pool.