Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are the lessons not longer than 10 minutes per day?

While 10 minutes may seem little to you, we take into account the attention span of a child as we aim to make the greatest impact. Moreover, the classes are intense, both, physically and emotionally so 10 minutes is more than enough for their in-water experience every day. There are also some important medical reasons which I will be glad to discuss at greater lenghts, if necessary.

Why do I need to provide my child’s medical history and development?

This information is extremely important to us, ISR instructors, as we honor safety first. But this is not only relevant from a medical standpoint, we would like to know your child’s particularities as we offer highly individualized classes that will be molded according to his/her specific needs. This also pertains to the BUDS sheet (Bowel,Urine,Diet,Sleep) record, that we ask you to keep and bring to class every day. It will allow us to monitor progress amongst other key things.

How long will classes really take?

We ask you to take into account an average of 4 to 6 weeks for lessons. These are only approximations, as each child is different and while some may advance faster, others can take longer. In general, infants under 1 year who are learning the float sequence, will be skilled within a 4 week time frame. Children learning the full float/swim/float sequence will take longer but 6 weeks is the norm.

Will my child be needing to come back for classes again afterwards?

While these classes are highly effective and thanks to muscle memory your child will likely be very capable of responding to an emergency situation, we highly recommend coming back for “refresher” courses down the line. Remember that your child continues to develop mentally and physically so these courses will once again mold to their updated needs. Refresher courses are the same price as regular courses but are typically shorter as your child is already considered pre-skilled.

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Water Safety

TEST Your knowledge on Drowning Prevention

1. T or F If you do not own a backyard pool, your child is in the “low risk” category for drowning.

2. T or F “Drowning could never happen to us…..we are constantly watching our children.”

3. T or F Public swimming facilities employ lifeguards to watch over children.

4. T or F Flotation devices will help keep my child from going under water.

5. T or F My children are still too young to learn how to swim.

1. FALSE Infants and children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Buckets, bathtubs, spas/hot tubs, wading pools, decorative garden ponds, wells, open post holes, irrigation or drainage ditches and toilets are all potentially dangerous to a child who escapes supervision, even for a second.

2. FALSE Accidents do happen! Toddlers are experts at climbing, escape, and evasion…it only takes “a second” and they are gone, unnoticed. Don't think the "unthinkable" will not happen to you. Constant supervision is the best line of defense. However, supervision can break down.

3. FALSE A lifeguard’s job is to enforce rules & regulations, to stop unsafe behavior, and to render assistance in emergency situations. Their job, however, is NOT to be a “personal babysitter.” It is the sole responsibility of each parent to supervise and monitor their young children by staying within arm’s reach.

4. FALSE Flotation devices and inflatable toys often give a false sense of security. These devices could suddenly shift position, invert the child in the water, lose air or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a very dangerous situation. Such toys will not prevent tragic accidents and may possibly increase the risk of drowning. The use of such devices allow children to “think” they can swim, when in reality, they CANNOT. Coast Guard approved life jackets with adjustable crotch straps, are clearly a better choice, BUT constant supervision is STILL a must even with approved PFDs.

5. FALSE Children, as young as 6 months of age, are capable of safely learning aquatic survival skills. Choose a program that will teach your children how to handle themselves in the water BEFORE they are encouraged play in it.

Drowning is one of the largest causes of accidental death for infants and children. In 18 States, drowning ranks as the most prominent cause of accidental death for children under 5 years of age. Approximately 4,000 children drown every year in the United States. Another 12,000 to 16,000 suffer from brain damage due to oxygen deprivation from prolonged submersion in the water before they are found and rescued. Children drown in pools, rivers, lakes, canals, ponds, bathtubs, toilets, and even large buckets of water. Any amount of water, even a few inches in a bathtub, can be dangerous to a child. Parents, babysitters, family members and all caregivers need to keep a close eye on children through constant supervision when they are near ANY body of water, no matter how large or small.

Drowning Prevention information is not "for someone else," it is for you! Because only by increased awareness and effort can we reduce these very alarming statistics. The public education effort is failing evidenced by the fact that more and more infants drown every year. Too many young children die or are left brain damaged because of preventable drowning injuries. Children under the age of five have no fear of water and no concept of death. They associate water with play, not with danger. Water with its rippling, shimmering appeal is a magnet for children - they are naturally curious about water. With their amazing strength, agility and cognitive abilities, toddlers are experts at climbing, escape, and evasion…it only takes “a second” and they are gone, unnoticed. Don't think the "unthinkable" will not happen to you. Constant supervision is the best line of defense. However, supervision can break down. Take precautions and place as many safeguards and barriers as possible between your children and the water. Barriers include a fence or wall around pools/spas, secure self-closing and self-latching gates, door alarms for the house, and a power safety cover over the pool. Although barriers are not childproof, they provide layers of protection for a child who strays from supervision. Barriers give parents additional time to locate a child before the unexpected becomes a reality. Educate yourself by learning rescue techniques and teach children water and swimming skills as early as possible. The water is not a fun, safe place to play if your child does not know how to swim. Infants and children can be taught aquatic survival skills

Infant Swimming Resource is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the world. It is dedicated to keeping infants and young children safer in and around the water. This is accomplished by applying over 40 years of research to educate pediatricians, parents and babies. Infant Swimming Resource has been actively educating PEDIATRICIANS since 1978 at Pediatric Grand Rounds and other medical conferences. Infant Swimming Resource PARENTS are educated about all aspects of aquatic safety for their child. This is done at interviews with their child’s Instructor, involvement at the daily lessons as active observers, reading their personal copy of the ISR Parent Resource Book and through the award winning website, Finally, Infant Swimming Resource educates the person closest in the solution… the BABY.
Since 1966, Infant Swimming Resource has been helping infants and children learn and retain skills necessary to save their own lives in an aquatic accident. Through this National program, even very young children can learn the skills to be safe and effective in the water. Our goal is to make each student an “aquatic problem solver.”
Over 177,000 infants and young children have taken Infant Swimming Resource lessons. A three-year study conducted by ISR showed that parents of aquatically skilled infants supervise them better in and around the water than parents whose infants are unskilled in the water. Why? Because their awareness levels have been raised and they have been educated on safety issues and drowning prevention measures.
The ISR program provides safe, effective lessons for infants and children beginning at 6 months of age. Each ISR lesson is one-on-one with a highly trained instructor and is custom-tailored to meet the individual needs of each child. The goal of the lessons for infants between 6 months and 12 months of age is to assume a back float position from any angle of safe presentation into the water. This skill level is normally learned in about 3 weeks.
The goal of lessons for a baby over 12 months of age is to swim face down, roll onto the back to float, rest and breathe and then rotate back over to continue swimming to the wall. This skill level is normally learned in 4 to 6 weeks. Because 86% of children who drown do so while fully clothed, ISR students eventually learn to perform their skills while fully clothed.

For more information about the Infant Swimming Resource program, visit the national website at or contact me: Erika Pellegrino, Certified ISR Instructor at: or call: 512-827-9469.

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ISR Non-Discrimination Policy
Infant Swimming Resource, LLC ("ISR") complies with all federal and state laws and regulations and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion or disability. It is the policy of ISR to provide reasonable accommodations to its disabled applicants and students, with the provision of appropriate documentation of the need for the accommodation.

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