Here you will learn more aout what you'll need to bring to each lesson and what to expect in the first days and weeks of the lessons.  You'll also learn about your child's emotional response to the lessons and the important role you play in your child's learning experience.


Teaching your child aquatic survival skills is a cumulative process.  It is similar to putting together pieces of a puzzle.  Each individual part of the process is taught and, as a skill is mastered.  The next skill is then introduced, which builds upon what has previously been learned.  Each child will learn and master these skills at a different rate, and sometimes in a different sequence.


Although most children learn these skills after 4-6 weeks of lessons, a wide variety of factors can affect your child's rate of progress through the lessons.  Illness, absences from the lesson, teething and diet can all play a role in how quickly your child masters the skills.  In addition, your child's previous experience in the water can greatly affect how long it takes him or her to learn.  Many parents begin lessons thinking that if their child has had some type of previous instruction, then fewer lessons will be necessary.  In reality, the oppostie may be true.



Children who have become accustomed to using devices like "floaties" or flotation swimsuits or vests have become comfortable in a completely different posture in the water than is necessary to learn to effectively swim an dfloat.  These devices hold the child up vertically in the water, while swimming and floating require a horizontal posture in the water.  Thus, it's not uncommon for children who have had these types of exposure to the water to need more lessons, rather than fewer.


Your Instructor

It's also important to note that while all ISR Instructors are taught the same methods, each Instructor has his or her own individual style and way of communicating.  Both you and your child should be comfortable with the Instructor, and there should be a calm, professional atmosphere at the lesson --

or at least as calm and professional as one can expect when there are babies and toddlers involved!  


What to Bring to Each Lesson

3 Clean Towels

Our "3 Towel Rule" was developed with your child's safety in mind.  You will need two towels to layer on the pool deck and one towel to wrap your child in after lessons.  Layering two towels on the pool deck helps to minimize the contact your child has with the wet surface of the pool deck, which can harbor germs.



If you choose to use sunscreen during the lesson, please apply a waterproof sunscreen on your child at least 1 hour before the lesson.  please use only the minimum amount necessary, and make sure it is rubbed in well.  This will help to ensure that the sunscreen has absorbed enough to be effective against sunburn, and that your child isn't too slippery for your Instructor to handle.  Remember, even though the lessons are short, the sun's rays are powerful, especially when your child is in the water.


Swim Diaper

ISR Swim Diapers are available at Here.  Swim diapers can also be purchased at most discount stores. Please do NOT use any type of disposable swim diaper.  They are not effective in containing bowel movements or preventing the spread of disease in the water.


Your Completed BUDS Sheet




What To Expect During ISR Lessons

ISR lessons are student directed, meaning that we are constantly assesing how your child is learning, what he or she has mastered, and what he or she is still learning before moving to the next step

Every ISR Instructor completes an 8-week academic and in-water training course to become a certified ISR Instructor

As you prepare for each day's lesson, remember your child should not eat ANY food for at least 1 hour prior to the lesson.  And your child should not have any milk products for at least 2 hours prior to the lesson