My name is Jennifer Laurent. I am 34 years old and reside in Covington, Louisiana. I am married to my wonderful husband, Sam Laurent. We have a wonderful one-year old son, named Chandler, who keeps me on my toes all of the time. I have been a realtor for the past four years. Although I have enjoyed every aspect of my job, helping families sell their home, buy their forever home, and building everlasting relationships with my clients, I’ve felt that my true purpose in life had been missing and had not been fulfilled. There was something more that I’ve been yearning.
As a parent, as all of you know, it has been the most challenging, yet rewarding job I’ve ever had. My sole purpose in life is to protect and provide for my son. This is what led me to ISR. Although incredibly beautiful and peaceful, the pond and fountain in our yard also frightened us when Chandler became part of our family. With all of the preventative measures taken around pools, ponds, etc., drowning accidents continue to happen entirely too often. In my eyes, I felt that the only true way to protect my son was to prepare him for the worse case scenario.
When my son was an infant, I started searching for swimming lessons. At the time, majority of the swimming instructors in my area were already finished with their last session of the year and would not start their next session until Spring 2018. That’s when I started my research. Without having an option like ISR in our area, we decided to enroll our son into Mommy and Me Swimming Lessons. Although it was an absolute joy to be with him in the water, it seemed that these classes were designed to make the children adapt to the water. I felt that if he were involved in a water incident that he would not possess the necessary skills to rescue himself and survive.
Just recently, we knew of two families in our community that had lost their children due to drowning. That’s where I realized that there is a need for ISR in my area. I felt God led me for this wonderful opportunity to be the FIRST ISR Instructor on the Northshore and Southshore.
My goal is to make a difference in our community and be responsible for teaching children a foundation of survival skills that can save their life.