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  • What is the training for a certified ISR instructor?
    ISR instructions must undergo an intensive 8-week academic and in-water certification program. This includes a minimum of 60 hours of in-water training, a minimum of 40 hours academic preparation and testing, ongoing professional development and training, and an annual recertification.
  • What is Infant Swimming Resource's Self-Rescue TM Program?
    Infant Swimming Resource's Self-Resuce TM program, teaches children from 6 months to 6 years of age how to survive if they were to reach the water alone. Unlike traditional swimming lessons, ISR's survival swimming technique is a product of over 45 years of research and development, and is the safest approach to survival swimming in the world. Focused on your child's stage of development and readiness, each one-on-one ISR lesson is customized to your child's abilities in the water. ISR has a worldwide network of certified Instructors and has delivered more than 7 million safe lessons. As a result, ISR is proven to save lives - with over 800 document cases where children have used ISR's techniques to save their own lives.
  • What makes ISR different?
    Infant Swimming Resource offers the safest survival swimming instruction method available. Lessons are taught in a customized, one-on-one lesson environment, and foster thedevelopment of swimming and safety in infants and young children with ISR’s proprietary Self-RescueTM program. With over 45 years of research and development, highly trained certified Instructors committed to safety, and a proven history of success, parents can rest assured that their children are receiving the best possible instruction in the world today. An important distinction between ISR and other programs is our emphasis on safety before, during and after lessons. Prior to beginning lessons, your child’s unique medical history is reviewed by a team of medical professionals to identify any potential health issues that may affect your child’s lessons and safety. During lessons: ISR’s protocols have allowed for more than 7 million lessons to be safely delivered by individually certified instructors. Parent education: Your child is not the only one learning during lessons. ISR’s program includes comprehensive parent education on aquatic safety and drowning prevention.
  • How do ISR lessons work
    Infant Swimming Resource’s proprietary Self-RescueTM survival swimming program is a 4-6 week course, scheduled 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, for 10 minutes each day. With a focus on safe, customized, one-on-one lessons by certified Instructors, ISR’s survival swimming lessons emphasize health, ongoing program evaluations and parent education to deliver the most effective and safest results in the industry.
  • Why are lessons only 10 minutes long?
    ISR lessons are taught 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4-6 weeks. The scheduling of this lesson sequence is based on many years of research, proving that teaching infants and young children in a one-on-one setting, in 10-minute increments, is the safest and most effective way to teach survival swimming.
  • What is BUDS?
    Prior to each lesson, parents receive BUDS (bowel, urine, diet, sleep) forms. This sheet tracks the unique physiology of each child, including bowel movements, frequency of urination, diet and meal-times, and the duration of every sleep episode in a 24- hour period. Before each lesson, the ISR Instructor will review the BUDS sheet, ask the parent further questions if necessary, and then individualizes the lesson for the infant or child. The BUDS sheet provides a safe, efficient and individualized lesson for each child.
  • My child is older, isn't it too late for them to learn ISR skills?"
    Simply put, no, it is never too late for a child to learn self-rescue skills. Even children who have had previous traditional swim lessons can learn the self-rescue skills to keep them safer in and around the water.
  • What if my child cries or becomes upset? Will they develop a fear of the water?
    While ISR research shows that students who finish with strong self-rescue skills have a high likelihood of maintaining these potentially life-saving reflexes for up to a year, we highly recommend maintenance or refresher lessons more frequently. The maintenance and refresher program allows your child to keep or gain confidence, better enjoy the self-rescue skills for use during playtime at the pool, and to keep skills strong enough to be efficient on their growing bodies. It also allows us to continue to remediate any interfering habits that are picked up outside of lessons, and to further educate your family on honoring your child’s skills.
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