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What is ISR?

Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) is the safest and most effective provider of survival swimming lessons worldwide, teaching ISR Self-Rescue skills to children ages 6 months to 6 years old. With more than 55 years of research and experience, and the highest safety standards in the industry, ISR is able to deliver the best survival swimming instruction in the world today. The result? Over 19 million safe and effective lessons delivered, providing children with a foundation for safety and a lifetime of fun in and around the water.

Today, our mission, “Not One More Child Drowns,” is the foundation of everything we do. ISR believes in multiple layers of protection against aquatic accidents, which include pool fences, alarms, and active adult supervision. However, traditional lines of defense break down, and the over 4,000 drowning deaths per year bear a grim testament to the fact that traditional approaches are missing a key component: the child. ISR’s core conviction is that the child is essential to a drowning prevention strategy. Our over 450,000 ISR graduates and hundreds of documented survival stories prove that children can and do save themselves. Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences; at ISR, we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.



Why choose ISR?

ISR teaches swimming and floating exactly how children learn. What we do is not traditional swim lessons. We use the behavioral sciences: sensorimotor learning, schedules of reinforcement, positive reinforcement, operant conditioning, one-on-one student lead lessons for your child. This truly is what sets us apart from other swim lessons. Each lesson is tailored to your child's ability and skill level every day.​

What are your qualifications?

Each certified ISR instructor completes a rigorous, 8-week in-water and academic training course and participates in a highly specialized annual recertification to maintain the highest level of safety and caliber of instruction.

Will my child learn to swim?

Our program does focus on survival swim, but children who can walk (generally one year of age and older) will learn to swim during lessons!

Why are lessons only 10 minutes?

The lessons are 10 minutes long to support the principles of sensorimotor learning and to reduce physical fatigue. Imagine running for 10 minutes in a row when you have never done it before.

Why are lessons 5 days a week for 6–8 weeks?

Research shows that short, more frequent lessons result in higher retention. Most children have fairly short attention spans and will not be able to focus on the task for longer and we want to take advantage of the best time for learning. Consistency is the key to the success of your child during lessons.

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