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What your child will learn, and the way he or she will learn it, is what makes ISR so different from traditional swimming lessons. Always putting safety first, ISR emphasizes competence, which leads to confidence, and provides the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in and around the water. What your child will learn depends on his or her age and developmental readiness, but in all cases, at minimum, your child will learn to roll onto his or her back to float, rest, and breathe, and to maintain this position until help arrives.

6-12 Months

Babies who can sit unassisted and crawl, generally 6-12 months old, learn the ISR Self-Rescue® skill of rolling onto their backs to float, rest and breathe.  They learn to maintain this position until help arrives.  Once students are fully skilled, they will practice these same skills fully clothed during lessons.

ISR's Roll-Back-to-Float Sequence from Infant Swimming Resource

1-6 Years

Children approximately one year of age and older, learn to hold their breath, swim with their head down and eyes open, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, then roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side or steps. Since children learn at their own pace, children 12-18 months may not be developmentally ready to for the entire Swim-Float-Swim sequence. This will be assessed with parents individually.

ISR's Swim-Float-Swim Sequence from Infant Swimming Resource

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