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ISR goes beyond traditional swim instruction and teaches children how to survive in the water.  Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences. We teach them skills to save themselves if they find the water alone. Depending on your child’s age, your child will learn different levels of self-rescue skills, including a roll-back-to-float and/or a swim-float-swim.  

With a focus on safe, customized, one-on-one lessons by Certified Instructors, ISR’s Self-Rescue® lessons emphasize health, ongoing program evaluations and parent education to deliver the most effective and safest results in the industry. 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. Because every child learns at his or her own pace, your child will be gently guided through each skill level.  Lessons are always taught at your child's emotional and physical pace with safety as the top priority.  

Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue™ survival swimming program is approximately 6 weeks, 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, for up to 10 minutes each day.  Refresher lessons  are scheduled every 3-6 months for approximately 2-3 weeks to help children adjust their skills to their growing bodies and abilities.  Maintenance lessons are available anytime during the swim season for fine-tuning of your child's Self-Rescue® skills.


Founded by Harvey Barnett, Ph.D., in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) strives 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."  Barnett, a behavioral scientist by trade,  adapted his theoretical knowledge of learning to pioneer the Self-Rescue method used by ISR today to teach infants and young children to save themselves should they reach the water alone.  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."  Today, our mission, “Not One More Child Drowns,” is the foundation of everything we do and is the driving force behind ISR’s employees, our independent ISR Instructors, and our major corporate partnerships. The ISR Self-Rescue® instruction our students receive today is the product of over 50 years of research and achieves unparalleled results.  ISR is nationally recognized as the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children.

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