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 survival swimming lessons will begin on April 13th in Gainesville, Georgia. Lessons will be given between 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. If you would like to receive the registration link for your child on March 2nd, please fill out the Pre Registration Form.
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 Pre Registration Form on my website regarding lessons. There is also an abundance of information about our program here on my website, from lesson scheduling, ISR registration fee, 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!
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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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.
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. 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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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?
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