Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue™ swimming program is approximately a 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.

The ISR program is targeted for children 6 months to 6 years of age.


For over 45 years, ISR’s hands-on instruction technique has been researched and developed to offer a proven system for safely teaching your child to enjoy the fun of swimming, while at the same time teaching life saving survival swimming skills. 


Think of how your child learned to roll from stomach to back as a young baby. A child 6-12 months will learn:

  • To hold their breath underwater
  •  roll onto their back
  • To float unassisted, rest and breathe until help arrives
  • To perform these Self-Rescue™ skills first in a swim diaper, then while fully clothed

During ISR lessons, your instructor will place your child face down in the water and help him or her learn to roll to the back and float. Your child never remains face down for more than a few seconds, and your instructor is always right beside your child


You've seen it before, your toddler walks right to the edge of the pool, ready to jump in, whether or not you are there to catch him. His confidence is beyond his skills. ISR training for children between 1 and 6 years of age uses their confidence to help them build competence in the water through ISR's Self-Rescue™ program.

Children over 1 year learn the following sequence during ISR's Self-Rescue™ swimming lessons:

  • To hold their breath underwater
  • Swim with their head down
  • Roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe
  • Roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, crawl out or be rescued by an adult.

Statistics indicate that 86% of children who fall into water are fully clothed. Therefore, once each child is fully skilled they will practice their ISR skills fully clothed.


Refresher lessons are extremely important in continuing and maintaining your child's ISR Self-Rescue™ skill development. Children grow and develop rapidly from infants to toddlers and young children. This development process represents improved strength, coordination, and a more finely tuned cognitive ability. In accordance with this growth, children enrolled in ISR return periodically to participate in Refresher Lessons.

© Crystal Clausen Grivas 2014