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?
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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Now more than ever with neighborhoods opening their pools, please encourage those you know with small children to get them trained with these life saving techniques. Infant Swimming Resource is the safest provider of infant drowning prevention lessons. Drowning is silent and it's preventable! Lessons officially begin June 5th in Gainesville. If you do not live in the surrounding area, please visit InfantSwim.com for an instructor near you.
ISR of Lake Lanier swimming lessons in Gainesville will begin again for the summer season on June 5th. Parents of Refreshers have already been contacted and should note the limited number of spaces for their child. I am scheduling morning lessons at this time from 9:30am - 11:00am. New students are now being accepted on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to receive the registration link for your child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the Sign Up form here on the website. You may also view live availability by visiting my Calendar page.
ISR Self-Rescue™ recommends building layers of protection between your child and the water. These layers are essential because the reality is that most children do not drown because of LACK of supervision, it is a LAPSE in supervision, and it only takes a momentary distraction for a curious toddler to get out of your sight. ISR Self-Rescue™ students are the best aquatic problem solvers in the world! As the video shows below, ISR student Miles, has helped showcase the unbelievable ISR Self-Rescue skills to parents around the world that children as young as 6 months old can learn to save their own lives if they were to reach the water alone. Those same ISR Self-Rescue™ skills he learned early on formed the foundation of the aquatic skills he's continuing to learn today.
I would encourage you to fill out the Sign Up 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 my lessons are located. My website has all this information and more to help you get started!
Although 10 minutes may seem like a very short lesson, remember that each lesson is private and your child is getting the undivided attention of their instructor. Each lesson, though short, is very intense. Most group lesson are only 30-45 minutes in length with as many as 6 children in each class. This equals only about 5-7 minutes of actual instruction time for each child. Before deciding that your child can't possibly learn in such a short lesson, come and observe one or more ISR of Lake Lanier lessons.
ISR has implemented the 10 minute maximum lesson length to ensure the safety of the student. Vasoconstriction checks and the condition of the abdomen dictate the end of the lesson not the clock (parents always notice that Ms. Robin NEVER wears a watch).
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