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Summer Swim Lesson Bookings-The Time Has Come!

March 1, 2017


I’m loving these warmer days.  As we enjoy this weather, many of you are starting to contact me about scheduling swim lessons and grabbing lesson time slots.  Please contact me early for the best availability.  If all goes as planned, I will be in ISR’s Master Instructor training program from mid-April through May.  I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing your little ones in the water this summer.  Feel free to email me

From 6 months to 6 years…

July 16, 2016

When is the right time to enroll your child in ISR self-rescue lessons?  As soon as your little swimmer is 6 months old, it’s time to give her the skills she will need to live safely around water.  Email for lesson availability now and year round. You may want to visit the ‘ISR Lessons’ tab of this site to read more about what you can expect for each age, or the ‘Testimonials’ section to hear what other parents are saying about The Swim Lady.


Hope Floats-Swim Safe Forever & Food for Thought Benefit is a Success!

April 26, 2016

We wanted to give a great big shout out to the many vendors who provided delicious food for our event, along with the musicians, volunteers, people who kindly donated to our silent auction and to our fabulous community who came out to support the Hope Floats event and also the Swim Safe Forever and Food for Thought programs.  Thank you all so much for your support.

Hope Floats benefits Swim Safe Forever and Food For Thought in memory of Maddie Hall, a local toddler who drowned in a backyard pool in 2009.

It is in her honor that Hope Floats aims to educate children in our community about water safety and provide nutritious meals for school children in need through Food For Thought.

Refer-a-Friend New Year Special!

January 5, 2016

Do you love what ISR has done for your child?  Have a friend or family member who has a little one?  Refer a friend between now and February 1st and receive $20 off of one week of your own ISR lessons/refreshers when they place their deposit!  Email today!

This little FLOATER could be YOUR BABY!


Winter Sessions-Give the Gift of Self Rescue

December 10, 2015

Are you looking for gift ideas for your child or grandchild?


How about ISR  Self-Rescue swim lessons?  Winter session starts January 4, 2016, with morning and afternoon lessons available between the hours of 8-10:30am (Southern Shores), 12-2pm (Kill Devil Hills) and 4:30-6:30pm (Southern Shores).  Classes are filling up fast! Give the gift of real survival skills this year.  For information regarding lessons, to learn more about available scholarships or to reserve your time slot, contact me at

Summer is Here! It’s time to brush up on water safety skills…

June 9, 2015

lifejacketforjustinWhat an honor to participate in this event last weekend!  I encourage you to head over to their Facebook page to learn more!

Have you signed your child up for ISR refresher lessons?  Now is the time!  I currently have openings for ISR and ARC lessons.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all in the water this summer, Christen-The Swim Lady


Hey Outer Banks! Now’s the time to complete your ISR lessons March 30th Session

March 23, 2015

I currently have a few spaces available in the ISR March session, which begins on the 30th.  This is a great time to sign up for refresher lessons or to begin your ISR journey.  Email me today at to see if we can find a time that matches your schedule!

Winter Lessons Starting Soon-New Indoor Facility!

January 14, 2015

The next session of ISR lessons (or refresher lessons) will begin January, 26, 2015.  I am happy to announce a new indoor facility, and I am so excited to show it to you and begin training your little ones in this new space.  I will have both morning and afternoon lessons.  Additionally, I will also have some available spaces for private or semi-private American Red Cross lessons for your older children.

Please share this information with others you know with small children. Together we can prevent the leading cause of accidental death for children under 5 years old, drowning.

Let’s make this year the year your child learns to swim and be safe in and around the water!  Email if you are interested in winter lessons and to check for availability.

Christen Buchert
The Swim Lady

ISR Lessons Coming to Virginia in September-Great Neck Road & Hilltop Area

August 11, 2014


BOOKING NOW-limited availability! 

Lessons begin September 2nd.  

  • AM lessons at Lynnhaven Dive Center (N. Great Neck Road)
  • PM lessons Dive Quarters (Hilltop area)

Email for more information


ISR-A Mom’s Perspective

June 13, 2014

We purchased the ISR lessons in a silent auction for SIDS ( sudden infant dead syndrome ), that’s when you start seeing Christen’s love for kids.

Our lessons started this May 2014 … Every morning 8:50 am…. No food for two hours, some foods are out of the question, two swim diapers… Two towels, read the book, use the BUDS sheet… You may think is all a bunch of nonsense, trust me… It’s all there for a reason.

When after a few days you see your baby rolling under water and floating on her back, when you know that if by any chance or small possibility she finds an open gate to a pool, pond or fountain… She will survive… It’s all worthy!!

Christen has this amazing charm with kids, this great sense to connect with them and  infinite patience for the bunch of concerned moms with I’m sure the same questions every 10 minutes or in a full inbox every night …. second drowning? She puked on the car… Is she ok? Is crying a lot normal?  Should I hide behind the fence? Can I give her Tylenol? She is teething and miserable, can she still swim?

People say… Is that the lesson where they toss your kid with shoes in the water and it seems they are drowning? …. Christen will NEVER toss a kid in her pool… She holds them, stays by them the whole time, talks to them, plays with them… They learn with love and care. And trust me they learn!

Sophie was 7 months when we started, she was not even crawling yet… And she is amazing rolling and floating… She cried a lot, yes she did…  But it was ok… Because it was the perfect cry to let me know I’m in the water come and save me., the kind of cry you want to hear if something happens….some kids don’t cry and are more quiet but she explains what noises or sounds to learn and understand from each kid to know how to react…

We had classes with only swim diapers, then with bathing suit, with summer clothes and winter clothes, and she did the roll float and cry like a champ!  She got her cute first trophy … One of many to come… But all she cared was her fun sweet sticker… The one that Christen always gave her after her class… That brought a smile to her face after her 10 minutes of work out… And we drove home peacefully … Soph .. because she was tired… Me … because she knows how to be safe!

Thank you Christen for all the love, time and patience you have for our children around your arms, for us, the moms kneeling in the towel waiting to hug our babies when they are done, for the infinite information you send and all the questions you answer, for the fun times we get making new friends in your deck, cheering to all the kiddos… You make our community stronger and safer.

Thank you for being a teacher, a friend!

We will see you in January for the refresher … Or if Sophie is walking  we will be ready for the trio …roll swim float!

You are the best!

MJ LaRue