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ISR Lessons




  • Overview-What is ISR?
    • Infant Swimming Resource is the most comprehensive drowning prevention program in the world. It teaches specialized survival swimming lessons to children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Over 7 million safe and effective lessons have given children aquatic independence, backed by over 45 years of research and development.
  • ISR History: Founded by Harvey Barnett, Ph.D. in 1966, ISR endeavored to put an end to a preventable tragedy…childhood drowning. Barnett witnessed the aftermath of this tragedy after a neighbor’s 9 month old son reached the water alone. From that point on, Barnett vowed to do everything possible to ensure that Not One More Child Drowns. A behavioral scientist by trade, Barnett adapted his theoretical knowledge of learning to pioneer the ISR Self-Rescue™ method used by ISR today to teach infants and young children to save themselves should they reach the water alone. Fortunately, what began as one man’s mission has transformed into a worldwide organization that is continually making large strides toward the day that Not One More Child Drowns. To date, ISR has 790 documented cases of children using ISR’s survival swimming techniques to save themselves from drowning.
  • Available for children 6 months to 6 years of age
  • Email with a daytime phone, child’s name and date of birth, what location you are inquiring about, whether this is a new or refresher lesson, and what dates you are interested in.
  • Once you have confirmed your time slot, I will email you the National Registration Link so that you can register your child with ISR.
  • ISR Lessons are available year round.

Lessons & Techniques: WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN

Babies from 6-12 months and children 1-6 years of age learn how to use Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue™ skills in tandem with basic swimming skills.


For the last 45 years, ISR’s hands-on instruction technique has been researched and developed to offer a proven system for safely teaching your child to enjoy the fun of swimming, while at the same time teaching life saving survival swimming skills. Unlike other programs, lessons are:

  • Customized and taught one-on-one by a certified ISR Instructor
  • Last for 10 minutes, Monday through Friday for 4 to 6 weeks
  • Emphasize health, ongoing program evaluations and parent education
  • Provide your child with the competence and confidence to safely enjoy the water


Your child is gently introduced to the water by your Instructor. As each child reacts differently, your Instructor will work with your child to guide him through the lesson process and to build a level of trust and comfort in the water. Once this is established, your child will begin to learn how to ISR Self-Rescue™


Think of how your child learned to roll from stomach to back as a young baby. A child 6-12 months will learn:

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

During ISR lessons, your Instructor will place your child face down in the water and help him or her learn to roll to the back and float. Your child never remains face down for more than a few seconds, and your Instructor is always right beside your child.


SwimLadyNew1You’ve seen it before, your toddler walks right to the edge of the pool, ready to jump in, whether or not you are there to catch him. His confidence is beyond his skills. ISR training for children between 1 and 6 years of age uses their confidence to help them build competence and the skills to ISR Self-Rescue™.

Your ISR Instructor will work with your child’s initial skills to help him or her gain both competence and confidence around the water. ISR has a deep passion for water safety and will not make your child over-confident or fearless, but will educate your child and teach them a healthy respect for the water.


Children over 1 year learn the following sequence during ISR’s Self-Rescue™ swimming lessons.

  • 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 ISR Self-Rescue™ skills first in a swim diaper, then while fully clothed

With these skills your child will be able to swim independently and learn to move at his or her own pace toward the safety of the side of the pool or the shores of a pond or lake.  Call The Swim Lady at (252) 202-2000 for more information.


“We have been so lucky to have been a part of ISR.  Christen has done such a wonderful job with teaching Poppy, our 10 month old how to float.  I’m amazed at how quickly Poppy is learning, she even practices in the bath tub, she’ll sit, lean back, float and laugh.  She is so much more confident in the water, it puts me at ease knowing that we’ll be out on the boat and on the beach this summer and she has this skill.   It’s the best decision we have ever made!”-Brooke M.

We could not believe it when we found out that there was an ISR Instructor here on the Outer Banks. We had researched the program before our daughter was born and really wanted her to learn the infant swim resource at a young age. We were so excited and pleased to hear that Christen was offering lessons here on the beach! We found out about her ISR certification through a donation that she made to a silent auction at a fundraiser. We immediately enrolled our daughter at 6 months old. ISR was an amazing experience! It was a wonderful way to introduce our daughter to the water as well as teaching her survival skills in the slim chance that she would encounter a water emergency. Christen developed a caring and trusting relationship with our daughter both in and out of the water, allowing her to gain ISR techniques in a positive and encouraging environment.”-John & Jessica L.

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