What Your Child Will Learn

Self-Rescue SkillsTM

Going beyond traditional swim instruction, ISR teaches children how to survive in the water.

For more than 40 years, Infant Swimming Resource, LLC (ISR) has been teaching children critical Self-Rescue™ skills -- giving children the competence and confidence to safely enjoy the water. ISR’s technique teaches children ages 6 months to 6 years of age how to save themselves if they were to find themselves in the water alone.

At ISR, your child’s safety is our first priority. Each lesson is uniquely tailored to your child’s needs based on comprehensive assessment and continual monitoring of your child’s health and skill attainment. Due to the fact that every child learns at his or her own pace, your child will be gently guided through each skill level.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions page to read what other parents, like you, are asking about ISR.

6-12 months baby learns to float

A child 6-12 months learns:

  • To hold their breath underwater
  • To roll onto their back
  • To float unassisted, rest and breathe until help arrives
  • To perform these Self-Rescue skills first in a swim diaper and then while fully clothed


Child 1 to 6 years learns to swim float swim

A child 1-6 years learns:

  • To hold their breath underwater
  • Swim with their head down
  • Roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe
  • Roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, crawl out or be rescued by an adult
  • To perform these Self-Rescue skills first in a swim diaper/bathing suit and then while fully clothed

    Child 1 to 6 years learns to swim float swim

    Lesson Experience

    • Each ISR lesson is one-on-one with only the student and I in the water, and is individualized for each child's needs and abilities.
    • Lessons are 5 days per week, Monday to Friday, and are no more than 10 minutes in length to ensure efficiency and retention. Your child will have lessons at the same time each day.
    • In order to master these Self-Rescue skills, the enrollment period is usually between 4 and 6 weeks. Children 6 months to 1 year and not walking on average require 4 weeks of lessons. Children 1 year, walking and older typically require 6 weeks of lessons.
    • In addition to teaching your child ISR Self-Rescue skills, I will also provide you, the parent, with information on keeping your family safe around the water.
    • After the initial lesson experience is complete, ISR recommends that every child participate in Refresher lessons every 6 months to a year. This will enable your child to learn how to adjust their swimming and floating skills to their continually growing and developing bodies.


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