Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue program teaches children how to survive if they were to reach the water alone. ISR lessons are one-on-one and customized to the developmental level of each child. During our lessons, you the parent would sit poolside and be kept informed about what I am working on with your child, why I am working on it and how your baby is reacting. Our program involves the entire family, even though I am the one in the water with your child.
Babies who can crawl--generally six months to 12 months old--learn to hold their breath underwater, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe. Children who can walk--generally one year of age and older (up to six years)--learn to hold their breath under water, swim with their head down and eyes open, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and can crawl out. Each session is an approximately 6 week course, scheduled 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, for 10 minutes each day.
An important distinction between ISR and other programs is our emphasis on safety before, during and after lessons:
Prior to beginning lesson: 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.
During lessons: ISR’s protocols have allowed for more than 7 million lessons to be safely delivered by Certiﬁed ISR Instructors.
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. Since statistics show that most children who drown are fully clothed at the time, during the final week of lessons, while under the watchful eye of an Instructor, each of our students has the opportunity to practice their ISR Self-Rescue skills in both their summer and winter clothes.
Age Range 6 months to 6 years old
Lesson Structure (Schedule is mandatory) # of Students: One-on-one Frequency: 5 lessons per week, Monday through Friday Duration of each lesson: 10 minutes per lesson Duration of Session: approximately 6 weeks.
————————-- Below is pricing information and some other commonly asked questions related to the tuition structure:
How much does it cost? There is a one-time registration fee of $105.
The registration fee of $105 covers a comprehensive medical background check that you complete online when you register for classes. ISR’s staff of nurses reviews all the information in full to ensure your child can safely participate in lessons. They then provide ongoing support throughout the program for your child.
For floaters, ages 6 months to a year, it typically takes 5 weeks to obtain these skills but it can vary.
For students over a year, learning the swim/float/swim sequence, it typically takes 6 weeks.
The fee for students is $150 weekly. Sibling Discount: $135 per child Military, Police, Fire: $135 (discounts may not be combined)
At times, students take longer than the average to obtain skills for developmental reasons but the following also greatly impacts the rate at which a child obtains the required skills needed to complete the program.
* Poor attendance * Interference during session (I.e. swimming at home, use of flotation) * Prior use of flotation devices as swimming aids. * Shortened lessons due to lack of safety protocol compliance (eating apples, eating too close to lesson time, etc).
Please be mindful of the above and your ability to commit to the program.
Payment structure will vary per instructor. For all students, $300 is required to hold your spot (first and last week’s payment)
Lessons are ONLY made up if the Instructor cancels.
Why do ISR lessons seem more expensive than other swim programs? Great question! ISR has been researched and developed for more than 50 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. Here are a few of the distinct differences though:
1. ISR teaches your children to SWIM and while also equipping them with the skills to save themselves in an emergency situation by the end of the session.
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 refreshers every 6-8 months, they will retain their skills indefinitely.
3. Every ISR instructor undergoes 8 weeks of intense training. Hands on, in the pool with an ISR Master Instructor and students, learning the ISR method. For 8 weeks, we are in the pool 5x per week for several hours a day, for a minimum of 60 hours with ACTUAL students. In addition, we receive academic training in anatomy, physiology, child psychology, behavior and development, sensorimotor learning, and how each relates to the aquatic environment. Every instructor also maintains CPR and First Aid certifications, as well as annual recertification and testing to maintain our ISR certification and skills.
If you add up what you’d spend in a traditional swim program for a few weeks during the summer – where he/she leaves 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.
That's more than I can afford. Are there other options?
There is an option to see if you qualify for an ISR scholarship in honor of Jake Roarke Morrison who passed away in a tragic drowning accident on November 30, 2013. The Live Like Jake Foundation was created to raise awareness for drowning prevention and provide swim lesson scholarships to those who cannot afford them as well as provide financial and emotional support to families who have lost a loved one or have a child with critical care needs.
For more information on the Live Like Jake Foundation, visit. www.livelikejake.com. **Please do not complete or submit an application before speaking to your instructor!
What happens after a session is over? Once your child completes the session, he/she is fully skilled to survive an aquatic emergency and in most cases has a successful swim-float-swim sequence. You should work with your instructor to schedule refresher classes every 6-8 months to adjust to body changes. Once your child is around age 4 we will then make a recommendation for a swim instructor who can take their skills further....learning stroke, swim mechanics etc. should I determine they are ready and their self-rescue skills are not at risk of being lost by doing so!