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Frecuent Asked Questions

Here are the answers to all your questions.

 

WHAT IS ISR AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SWIMMING PROGRAMS?

ISR is the product over 45 years of ongoing development in the area of aquatic survival instruction for infants and children. ISR's primary focus is to teach you child to become a productive swimmer, or floater in any depth of water. The goal of ISR is that your child become an "aquatic problem solver". ISR will greatly increase your child's chance of surviving an aquatic accident.

 

ARE SWIMMING LESSONS FOR INFANTS AND SMALL CHILDREN SAFE?

YES! ISR is dedicated to safety and maintaining numerous safety protocols to promote safe lessons. Your child's health and well-being are closely monitored on a daily basis. In addition, your child's medical and developmental history is a mandatory part of the ISR Registration Process, all of which is held strictly confidential. All ISR instructors undergo an intensive and rigorous training that far exceeds any other training program of this kind. Each ISR instructor is also required to attend a yearly recertification symposium that includes quality control as well as upgrading. Your education in the area of aquatic safety for your entire family is an integral part of your child's lessons. You will receive access to the "Parent Resource Guide", written by Dr. Harvey Barnett and JoAnn Barnett, which will inform you of every aspect of swimming for infants and children. Consider these additional points: * No child is ever thrown into the pool. * A child is never submerged for more than 7 seven seconds. * ISR instructors monitor your child for temperature and muscular fatigue, as well as physical and psychological well-being. * Your child's daily routines outside of ISR lessons hold valuable data for your instructor. You will receive instruction on how to communicate this information to your instructor.

 

HOW DO YOU TEACH A BABY TO SWIM?

ISR instructors teach infants to swim by honoring each child's individual strengths and experiences. They understand the fundamentals of the behavioral sciences, child development and of sensorimotor learning as it relates to the acquisition of aquatic survival skills; they use this education to guide each child through the sequence of learning to swim and float.

 

WHY SHOULD PARENTS ENROLL THEIR CHILD IN ISR LESSONS?

ISR parents enroll their children because they understand their children's abilities and want to give them every opportunity to learn. They also feel it is important to teach their children how to surface and breathe should they find themselves alone in the water. Research shows that there are better times to learn certain things and swimming is best learned early in life. (Newsweek and Drowning Statistics)

 

WHAT FURTHER LESSONS WILL MY CHILD NEED?

ISR recommends that you bring your child back for refresher lessons. Frequency depends on the child's age, growth rate, skill level and confidence level. The goal of refreshers is to help your child adjust his/her new body size and weight to his existing skill level. Your instructor will work with your child to help fine-tune his or her aquatic experience to assist with building efficiency which will result in self-confidence. This is especially important if you child has not been able to practice any appropriate aquatic skill between seasons. While NO program can "drown proof" your child, ISR lessons typically have a 94-100% retention rate up to one year later. Refresher lessons are important because children change so much both cognitively and physically during the first 4-5 years of life. It is important that their aquatic skill and abilities grow with their bodies.

 

HAS THERE EVER BEEN ANY OUTSIDE RESEARCH ON THE ISR PROGRAM?

Dr. David Carr, a pediatrician in Orlando, Florida, conducted an extensive study on ISR. After completing this study, Dr. Carr and his wife enrolled their daughter in ISR lessons.

 

HOW IS IT THAT BABIES CAN LEARN TO RESPOND TO THE DANGER THAT WATER PRESENTS WHEN THEY FALL IN?

A baby does not need to perceive danger or be afraid to respond appropriately to being underwater. If a baby has learned to roll over and float when he needs air, he doesn't need to perceive danger in order to respond in this manner. He needs skill, practice and confidence to calmly deal with the situation.

 

WILL MY CHILD CRY DURING LESSONS?

Crying is a form of infant communication. There are several different types of infant cries and it is important to be sensitive and educated as to what these different types of cries indicate. Each child is an individual and reacts to the lessons uniquely. Some never cry and most children stop crying when they become skilled in the water. It is very important that the parent sets the example by keeping a positive tone when at lessons and when discussing lessons with or around the child.

 

WHY DOES ISR NOT USE PARENTS IN THE WATER DURING THE LESSONS?

We do not want the baby to initially associate the water with the love, attention and affection of the parent while in the water. Also, it takes incredible concentration and objectivity to teach the baby how to respond to an aquatic emergency and our research shows that parents often find it too difficult to be objective to be effective teachers with their own children in the water.

 

WILL MY CHILD LEARN TO FEAR THE WATER?

There is an important difference between being fearful and being apprehensive because you are not yet skilled in a dangerous environment. ISR is not like traditional swim lessons; it is a drowning prevention program that teaches survival swimming. Your child may not happily skip to his or her ISR lesson each day at first, but that's okay. Sometimes as a parent, you make sure your child does things for his or her safety, like receiving vaccinations and wearing a seat belt, because you know they are important. The same can be said for ISR. 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.

 

WHY CAN'T ISR TEACH INFANTS UNDER 6 MONTHS OLD?

Children under the age of 6 months are not neurologically mature enough to benefit from ISR instruction.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE USE OF FLOTATION DEVICES AND LIFE JACKETS?

Flotation devices give children a false sense of security and hold them in postures that are not compatible with swimming skills. If a child learns that he can jump in the water and go into a vertical posture and he will be able to breathe, he is getting the wrong idea about that 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 crutch. Life jackets must be worn in a boat or around the water when there is the potential for an accidental submersion; they are not a substitute for the ability to swim or for adult supervision.

 

 

 

Safety Advice

Always remember there is no substitute for adult supervision, because nothing make your child waterproof. ISR strongly encourages a multi-layered approach towards water safety in your home.

 

Constant Eyes On adult supervision

Never turn your back on your child. It only take seconds for him to be in serious problem. Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. At the beach, is important that the supervising adult is to be no further away than 10 feet from the child. Consider all beach distractions: the heat, noise, people crossong, sun shine, and the children playing the same. Even if there are Lifeguards at the beach, you should be supervising your child. Remember, nothing substitudes adult supervision.

 

Permanent pool fence with self-latching gate

Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all 4 sides of the pool. This fence will completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard. Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children's reach. Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren't tempted to reach for them, and do not put benches, chairs or anything that can facilitate climbing the fence.

 

Keep all windows and doors leading to the pool area close and with locks that your child can not reach or open.

 

Store all toys

Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren't tempted to reach for them.

 

Keep the water level in the typical backyard pool at the uppermost point.

This makes easier to a child get to the wall climb out or shout for help.

 

Aim jets to create a favorable flow for survival, orient them to the stairs

 

Doors, windows, and pool’s alarm

Alarms should indicate that someone is in the pool area. We have not found one good, reliable pool alarm to alert you when someone is in the water. DO NOT USE THEM unless you simultaneous use others to provide backups.

 

Keep a phone near the pool

In case of emergency you can call 911 imediatly, and without geting away from the pool area.

 

Floating devices

Flotation devices give children and parents a false sense of security. They can get out of air or detached and live children in a dangerous situation.

 

Life jackets

 

 

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