ISR Certified Instructor
"ISR is the perfect combination of all my passions: educating and empowering my community, teaching children to become aquatic problem solvers, all while using a technique that is inclusive to all learners."
My name is Dana Simon and I am the owner and ISR Certified Instructor behind ISR ALL IN. I live in Newaygo County with my husband, Dave, and our 4 children. We have 2 boys and 2 girls ranging from ages 2-8 who keep us on our feet! When I’m not swimming with kids, I enjoy entertaining, playing sports, camping at Lake Michigan and riding bikes with my family. I grew up in White Cloud on Robinson Lake. My parents had me swimming and diving the summer I turned 2 and waterskiing on my 4th birthday. I swam competitively for 9 years. I was a lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor for 12 years. I spent many summers teaching for the City of White Cloud at the Mill Pond, providing private lessons in backyard pools and teaching lessons at Robinson Lake. I am an avid slalom water-skier and my children enjoy water-skiing and knee boarding, too. We love to tube down the Muskegon River and snorkel in Torch Lake. It is my mission to educate families on how to stay safe around water while having a lot of fun, too.
Education & Experience
I graduated from Fremont High in 2002, where I was the first athlete to graduate with 13 varsity letters and set several records which are still standing today. I earned my teaching degree in K-12 Physical Education with a minor in Health Education from Grand Valley State University. After graduating from college I got married and we headed up to Petersburg, Alaska where I taught elementary PE and became an Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) Instructor which allowed me to teach cold water safety and survival in the school. While in Alaska I taught all of the elementary aged children (210 kids) to swim and equipped the little ones with the skills needed to handle a cold water emergency. Water safety took on a new meaning in the frigid North Pacific waters and I gained a much deeper appreciation for water safety than I had prior to moving to Alaska. I spent 3 years in Alaska and earned my Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education, as my other great passion in life is teaching children with special needs. After moving back home to Newaygo County, I taught for 3 years at White Cloud Public Schools and decided to expand my family and stay home with the kids for a while.
Dedicated to Water Safety
While I was home, I felt compelled to write water safety articles to help keep families safe around the water. For several years, I spent countless hours researching drowning statistics, meeting with lawmakers and sharing my research with children’s hospitals, injury prevention teams and pediatricians. All of my research led me to the conclusion that I needed to become an Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) Instructor and I needed to bring this amazing program to the Newaygo County Area. ISR is the perfect combination of all my passions: educating and empowering my community, teaching children to become aquatic problem solvers, all while using a technique that is inclusive to all learners. I look forward to this new beginning in my life and hope to see you at the pool!