Recently I was asked by a parent of a fully skilled "clothing tested" swim-float-swimmer, how are Maintenance lessons different than Refreshers? ISR recommends "Refresher" lessons every 6-12 months depending on your child's age and skill level. A typical Refresher lesson can lasts 1-2 weeks depending on how long it has been since your child's last ISR lessons, how much they have grown, as well as any new skills being taught. For example a floater last season will need to learn the swim-float-swim sequence next.
In this case, the child mentioned above would not necessarily need a full Refresher, therefore I would suggest a few scheduled Maintenance Lessons. You see ISR of Lake Lanier offers year round Maintenance lessons. These lessons are designed to fine-tune your child's skills or to prevent problems from developing in your child's technique. Being out of lessons for a prolonged period of time, 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 the water. Some habits formed from normal exploration in the water may begin to affect your child's ability to swim and float.
As I explained to the parent above, her child will become 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 Lake Lanier lessons. However, it may be necessary to schedule a Maintenance Lesson just to give you peace of mind! 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, at ISR of Lake Lanier, many of my parents love to bring their children throughout the year scheduling lessons every other month, once a month, or more to consistently reinforce proper swimming behaviors...and to keep from having to schedule an actual 2-4 week Refresher. Contact me today to schedule your child's next Maintenance Lesson!
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?
ISR of Lake Lanier is now scheduling 2018 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 and Winter to consistently reinforce proper swimming behaviors. To schedule your child's next Maintenance lesson please click the button below!
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Lake Lanier's own Infant Swimming Resource Certified Instructor Robin Adams' training was completed in July of 2007 and included 60+ hours of supervised in-water hands-on training. A 1995 graduate of Gainesville High School and 1999 graduate of The University of Georgia, Robin's ISR education included extensive academic study and testing in child psychology, physiology, and behavioral science, trained by former Georgia now Texas resident Senior Master Instructor Tanya Carew and 18 ISR students. As an ISR instructor, Robin is required to complete annual reviews and re-certification to ensure that her skills and techniques continue to meet the highest ISR standards.
What sets Robin apart from other swim lesson programs located around Lake Lanier? A combination of incredible ISR techniques, her Master's Degree in Education from The University of Georgia as well as being a lifelong resident of Lake Lanier. She understand's what you feel while watching your child's lessons and she is always open with her communication as to what she is doing and what your child is learning each day.
Remember, a certification that anyone age 18 years or older can purchase for $150 and spend 3 days on is NOT equal to a six week ONE on ONE training course that can only be taken after an Extensive Interview process and substantial financial commitment.
Robin's mission is to help educate our Lake Lanier communities around Hall, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Dawson Counties about how to prevent infant drowning. Her goal is to bring ISR to as many families here in the North Georgia area as possible!
Contact her today for more information!
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The ISR Self-Rescue™ Swim-Float-Swim program teaches the 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.
At ISR of Lake Lanier your child will receive hands on one-on-one safe instruction from a highly certified and effective instructor. With just one student and instructor, this allows your instructor to focus fully on the individual needs of your child as all children are unique in their personalities and cognitive learning abilities.
When you learn about ISR, you know this 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!
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