Rollback to Float
At this age, the safest possible option for a child if they were to enter a body of water alone would be to roll over onto their back and float and to remain floating until help arrives.
This position is the safest and easiest for a baby, and can be effortlessly maintained for long intervals once mastered.
Mobile toddlers that have fully developed running skills on land will typically learn a modified ISR Self-Rescue sequence in the water.
This age group will be taught a short, face-in swim and will roll to their back when in need of air to float. The child will remain in their float until help arrives.
With ISR training, your child will be able to swim independently and learn to move at his/her own pace toward the safety of the side of the pool or the shores of a pond or lake.
Older children will learn the full ISR Self-Rescue® sequence of swimming until they need air, rotating onto the back to float, then rolling back over to continue swimming. ISR students are taught to repeat this sequence until they reach the safety of the steps, side of the pool, or the shoreline.
ISR’s unique results are achieved through fully customized, safe and effective, one-on-one lessons with only your child and the Instructor in the water. What your child will learn, and the way he or she will learn it, is what makes ISR so different from traditional swimming lessons. Always putting safety first, ISR emphasizes 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 his or her 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.
Since statistics show that 86% of all children who drown are fully clothed at the time, during the final week of lessons, each student will have the opportunity to practice their ISR Self-Rescue skills in both their summer and winter clothes.
Maintenance Lessons are designed to fine-tune your child's skills or to prevent problems from developing in your child's technique. After completion of the initial 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.
Maintenance lessons keep skills sharp and allow children to grow their skills with their ever-growing bodies!
ISR recommends that all students, especially between the ages of 12 months and 4 years, return to an ISR Instructor once a year for refresher lessons. Refresher lessons usually last about half of the time it took the child to become fully skilled the first season.
Children grow physically, emotionally, and mentally very quickly in the first six years of their lives. Their center of gravity will change as their limbs become longer, and their concept of water changes as their brains become more advanced.
Refresher lessons help children assimilate their new bodies and minds to the skills they previously learned so they can continue to swim safely and effectively. It is important to remember that your child does not "forget" the skills acquired with ISR. However, most children are not regularly in the water in the winter, and during this extended period of time, your child will mature mentally and physically. .
Refresher Lessons are designed to help your child adjust his/her swim and float to his/her new more mature body and mind and to reinforce his/her confidence in the water.