The ISR technique is a unique method of teaching children 6 months to 6 years of age survival swimming skills that they can use to survive an aquatic accident.
Children 12 months and under learn how to rotate from a face-down position in the water to a back float. A baby will be taught to rest and breathe on his or her back until help arrives. A child who is twelve months or older will learn a swim-float-swim sequence. He or she will be taught to swim face down using arms and legs (similar to a freestyle stroke); roll on his or her back to float, rest and breathe when he or she needs air; and then flip over onto his or her stomach to continue swimming until he or she reaches a point of safety. This swim-float-swim sequence can be repeated as many times as is necessary to reach safety. These students are taught to use these skills to swim to a wall, the steps or if unable to reach a point of safety to utilize a back float while resting and breathing.
Progress in lessons is determined by your child's own unique learning style as all lessons are private. Most students under 12 months complete learning a rollback to float in about 4 weeks of lessons. Each lesson lasts a maximum of 10 minutes five days per week. Children 12 months and older learning a swim-float-swim technique typically master the skills in 4 to 6 weeks.
Although 10 minutes may seem like a very short lesson, remember that each lesson is private and your child is getting the undivided attention of the instructor. This lesson though short is very intense. Most group lesson are only 30-45 minutes in length with as many as 6 children in each class. This equals only about 5-7 minutes of actual instruction time for each child. Before deciding that your child can't possibly learn in such a short lesson, come and observe one or more ISR lessons.
In some cases such as where a child has missed lessons due to illness, a child will require longer to complete lessons. This child will continue until he or she has successfully mastered the skills he or she is learning. ISR lessons differ from many other swim lessons that end after a set number of weeks or lessons.
in 1968 when a young lifeguard in
over 144,000 students have learned to swim through ISR lessons. There
currently over 200 instructors teaching ISR throughout the
ISR instructors have given over 3 million safe and effective lessons. The safety of each child is the highest priority of each ISR instructor. Prior to participation each child is registered via an online registration process and each child’s health and developmental history is evaluated by our professionals to ensure that he or she can safely participate in lessons . Each lesson is private so the instructor’s attention is focused completely on your child. The ongoing safety of each child is monitored throughout lessons by requiring each parent to keep a daily diary of their child in order to monitor their child’s Bowel, Urine, Diet, and Sleep (BUDS). This is reviewed prior to each lesson. If the instructor feels any of these key health measurements are not as they should be, the child's lesson will not take place or in some cases the length and pace of a lesson is adjusted . Many pediatricians who are educated about this program and its high safety standards are willing to refer their patients to this program.
The ISR instructor training program includes a minimum of 60 hours of supervised in-water training plus education and testing in subjects such as child psychology, physiology, and behavioral science. All instructors are required to maintain current CPR and First Aid certification. Training as an instructor is a serious undertaking as each ISR instructor is carefully screened through extensive interviews before qualifying to earn certification. In addition, All instructors must complete re-certification requirements annually to maintain their affiliation with the program.
Although many programs for young children focus on a water orientation approach using songs and games, this approach does not teach your child any of the skills necessary for survival. Many lessons such as Mommy and Me teach children that the water is a fun place to play without teaching them any meaningful skills. Remember the water will not be a fun place for your child if he or she is unskilled and finds himself alone in the water. This approach may actually make a child more vulnerable to drowning as a child is taught to be fearless without any understanding of the skills needed for effective swimming. ISR lessons encourage water competence first thereby promoting a safe foundation for a lifelong enjoyment of the water.
Crying is a form of communication for many children as they grow. They cry when they are hungry, bored, tired, etc. When introduced to a new person and a new experience, many children cry. This is not unusual for a child in ISR lessons. Your child will be looking to you to develop her attitude toward swimming and lessons. A child whose parent projects a positive attitude and praises their child's efforts will see their child's crying diminish or even be eliminated as their skill level progresses. Crying will not bother the instructor or interfere with your child learning.
Do you remember when your child learned to walk? He probably fell down and bumped his head and cried numerous times yet it did not cause him to hate or avoid walking. Do you avoid taking your child to the doctor if he cries there? Of course not because you as the parent knows that it necessary for his own good.
Visit many pools, lakes or the beach and you are bound to see young and not so young children enjoying the water wearing one of these floatation devices. These devices are a false sense of security for both the parent and child.
None of these can be considered a lifesaving device. All it takes is for the device to deflate or a child to slip out and these children are completely vulnerable. Life jackets although completely necessary in a boat are also not a safe way for a child to play in the water. A child using any of these becomes overconfident in the water and believes falsely that she can swim. Wearing these will also interfere with learning the proper swim technique later as she has learned to keep her body in a vertical position. Ask yourself what will happen if she falls in without them, and goes vertical just like she has alway done.......
No person or child is ever drown-proofed by any lessons. Supervision is still the most important factor in preventing drowning. Other precautions must be taken to prevent a child from ever getting to the water unsupervised. ISR educates you on how to protect your child through The Parent Resource Book which is provided to every parent upon registration. The goal of lessons is for your child to have skills that he or she could use to survive in a potential drowning situation .
Yes, to date 783 of our students have used the skills that they learned through ISR to save themselves from drowning.
is unique, precious and irreplaceable. No
value can ever be placed on him or her. Drowning
is a leading cause of death for
children and preventing it is vital to your child's health and
well-being. A child who cannot swim is at greater risk for drowning.
Parents spend considerable amounts on other
lessons and sports that will never teach a child any lifesaving skills. By comparison, knowing how to swim can
protect your child from death or serious permanent injury.
It will also provide a lifetime of enjoyment
for your child.
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