Frequently asked questions
What is ISR?
Infant Swimming Resource's Self-Resuce program, teaches children from 6 months to 6 years of age how to survive if they were to reach the water alone.
What makes ISR different?
Infant Swimming Resource offers the safest survival swimming instruction method available. Lessons are taught in a customized, one-on-one lesson environment, and foster the
development of swimming and safety in infants and young children with ISR’s proprietary Self-Rescue program. With over 45 years of research and development, highly trained certified Instructors committed to safety, and a proven history of success, parents can rest assured that their children are receiving the best possible instruction in the world today.
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.
During lessons: ISR’s protocols have allowed for more than 7 million lessons to be safely delivered by individually certified 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.
What are the ages that children can participate in ISR lessons?
Lessons for a 6-12 month old focus 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.
Lessons for children 1-6 years old focus 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 over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.
Why are lessons only 10 minutes long?
ISR lessons are taught 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4-6 weeks. The scheduling of this lesson sequence is based on many years of research, proving that teaching infants and
young children in a one-on-one setting, in 10-minute increments, is the safest and most effective way to teach survival swimming.”
Tell me more about "BUDS"
Prior to each lesson, parents receive BUDS (bowel, urine, diet, sleep) forms. This sheet tracks the unique physiology of each child, including bowel movements, frequency of urination, diet and meal-times, and the duration of every sleep episode in a 24- hour period. Before each lesson, the ISR Instructor will review the BUDS sheet, ask the parent further questions if necessary, and then individualizes the lesson for the infant or child. The BUDS sheet provides a safe, efficient and individualized lesson for each child.
Will by child be traumatized?
In no way is an ISR lesson traumatic. ISR has collected data on its more than 200,000 students, and constantly monitors the health of each child prior to and during lessons to
maintain the highest of safety protocols and standards. We have had doctors, psychologists, nurses and other trained medical professionals trust ISR Instructors to teach their children survival skills.
How do ISR lessons work
Infant Swimming Resource’s proprietary Self-Rescue survival swimming program is a 4-6 week course, scheduled 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, for 10 minutes each day.
How did ISR originate?
Founded in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), with it's Self-Rescue program, is nationally recognized as the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. With over 45 years of research and development, highly trained certified Instructors committed to safety, and a proven history of success, parents can rest assured that their children are receiving the best possible instruction in the world today.