Flotation devices such as floaties, inflatable rings, etc., often can provide a false sense of security for parents and children. These items can easily deflate or fall off your child's arm, leaving them in a potentially dangerous situation. Why invest money into ISR Self-Rescue swimming lessons when you are going to strap on a puddle jumper afterward?
Flotation devices also hold children in postures that are not compatible with swimming skills. If a child learns he can jump in the water and go into a vertical posture and still come up to breathe, he is getting the wrong idea about that water environment. Why would anyone want to think about breath control, horizontal posture, and opening eyes underwater when you can aimlessly bob up and down and expend little energy?
A fellow ISR instructor gave a great analogy by comparing our lessons and structure to your child innocently 'playing in a puddle jumper' by using sports as an example such as baseball. You spend time teaching your child how to swing a bat and he's doing a great job. Next thing you know he is putting his elbow up in the air while batting and causing a bad habit. You obviously can't let him continue without adjusting. Practicing that incorrect swing over and over would not be productive. What would happen during a game? What would happen to his confidence? We want him to practice correctly and succeed at that skill.
Flotation devices are for children who cannot swim. Children, who cannot swim, should NOT be allowed to learn that it is safe to play in the water while relying on a flotation device. Life jackets must be worn in a boat or around the water when there is the potential for an accidental 'fall-in'. They are not a substitute for the ability to swim or for adult supervision.
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Arm your child with an extra layer of protection if they ever reach the water alone. If your toddler found their way to water, unsupervised, fully clothed, would they be able to remain calm and turn themselves over, get air, and float until help arrived? Because drowning knows no season, every ISR student practices their self-rescue skills in countless scenarios, including full clothes before "graduating" the program. ISR of Lake Lanier's survival swimming lessons will begin on May 11th in Gainesville, Georgia. Lessons will be given in the mornings and are currently full at this time due to spacing of students during the .
Due to the recent restrictions from COVID-19, lessons will be scheduled accordingly with social distancing in mind as well as additional precautions in place that your instructor will give in detail upon your initial registration through ISR National. If you have not signed up for lessons, and are interested in doing so, please click the WAIT LIST button below. Fill out this form and you will be contacted once scheduling is being made for Summer Session Two.
What your child will learn and the way they will learn is what makes us so different from traditional swimming lessons. Always putting safety first, we emphasize competence, which leads to confidence, and provides the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in and around the water.
What your child will learn depends on their age and developmental readiness, but in all cases, at minimum, your child will learn to roll onto his or her back to float, rest, and breathe, and to maintain this position until help arrives.
I would encourage you to fill out the Wait List Form regarding lessons for Summer Session Two. There is also an abundance of information about our program here on my website, from lesson scheduling, ISR National Registration Fee, lesson tuition and where lessons are located.
Get these amazing ISR skills and pass your local pools swim test before summer 2020 and have the best summer yet, "floatie" free...remember, the sooner, the safer! Stay safe and healthy! Thank you for choosing ISR of Lake Lanier.
Every year it seems I get the same question from parents regarding the cost of ISR lessons versus traditional lessons. The best explanation I can give was written by fellow Michigan ISR Master Instructor Michael Petrella 4 years ago, he writes:
"I did the math on traditional swim lessons vs. ISR lessons. The rate I received from the local YMCA was $80 for a four-day session, 45 minutes per day. The Instructor to student ratio for the little ones, 3-year-old with little to no skills, is 4 students to 1 Instructor. (This is being generous. The ratio is more likely 6 to 1.) That works out to $80 for 45 minutes per student. I charge $75 a week and you get 50 minutes of one-on-one, specialized instruction from an aquatics behavioral specialist that has his own children and understands them, not a 19-year-old college swimmer home on summer break. I’m talking about an ISR Instructor schooled in behavior psychology and the aspects of sensorimotor learning, and shaping behavior, physiological conditions as they relate to the water, emotional learning, who has spent over 80 hours studying video and analyzing the effects of positive reinforcement and how it is applied at the precise moment in time to be effective. Oh, I almost forgot, with ISR you do have to pay a $105.00 application fee so our DOCTORS & NURSES on staff can ensure your child will receive a safe lesson. Yes, we have real-life doctors and nurses that review registrations. Here is the most important thing to consider. At the end of what would be 6 sessions (6 weeks), your child will have REAL skills to swim and more importantly rollback to float to save their life in an emergency situation. I’m talking fully clothed with jeans and a sweatshirt and shoes and a diaper on. Did I mention that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under 4? The sooner the safer! Don’t even get me started on the dangers of ‘Pop Tot’ & ‘Mommy & Me’ classes that teach babies that water is fun without teaching them what to do if they go and get into all that fun!"
If cost is not the issue then think about the quality of instruction you are receiving. My question when you shopped for a car seat, did you buy the cheapest one or did you look at the ratings and get the best car seat with the best safety record?
Many programs teach children that water is a fun place to play without teaching them any meaningful skills. Remember, water will not be a fun place for your child if he or she is unskilled and finds himself alone in the water. This approach may make a child more vulnerable to drowning as a child is taught to be fearless without any understanding of the skills needed for effective swimming.
The ISR Self-Rescue™ Swim-Float-Swim program teaches skills necessary for a child to reach the steps, edge of the pool or shore. This process begins with teaching breath control and the skills to turn around in the water to secure the edge. Children learn correct swimming posture, movement through the water, the rollback-to-float sequence, as well as rotating to a face-down position to continue to swim. This 'swim-float-swim' sequence can be repeated until safety is reached.
From Infant Swimming Resource, "During lessons, each ISR Student, regardless of age, learns to roll over and float. For infants, rolling over to float and maintaining that float is the focus for ISR lessons until around the time they begin to walk. This skill then integrates with the swim-float-swim sequence once a child is walking."
ISR lessons encourage water competence first, thereby promoting a safe foundation for lifelong enjoyment of the water. ISR is the most important level of protection you can give your child to prevent drowning. If fences, supervision, and alarms fail, your child's skill is an additional measure of protection!
ISR of Lake Lanier is now scheduling 2019 Winter Maintenance Swim Lessons which are designed to fine-tune your child's skills or to prevent problems from developing in your child's swim and floating technique. A few months after completion of ISR lessons, your child may develop unwanted habits out of regular play time in the pool. For example, your child may begin to swim farther without rolling over for breath or may try swimming with her head out of water. Some habits formed from normal exploration in the water may begin to affect your child's ability to swim and float. Upon completion of lessons, you may see behaviors in the child's swimming at home that is not consistent with what your child was doing during lessons. This is a natural progression for your child. As he becomes more comfortable and confident in the water, he will begin to experiment and explore the aquatic environment. It is important to know that this does not mean that your child has "forgotten" the skills learned during ISR of lessons. However, it may be necessary to schedule a Maintenance Lesson.
During Maintenance Lessons, Ms. Robin will discuss with you different ways to swim with your child to reinforce the correct swimming behaviors and how to control the swimming environment to avoid negative behaviors. There are no set time frames for Maintenance Lessons. They are contingent upon the behaviors being exhibited by your child. In most cases, behaviors can be reinforced or corrected in one or two Maintenance Lessons. However, some parents choose to bring their children for maintenance lessons once a week or every two weeks throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring to consistently reinforce proper swimming behaviors. To view my calendar and schedule your child's next Maintenance lesson please click the coinciding buttons below!
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