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Have any of you had any experience with the swim squad infant classes or any ISR classes in general. My lo is 13 months and I am wanting to set her up with classes through swim squad and just want some general feed back on the classes or swim squad if anyone has experience with them.

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We did the ISR lessons and loved them.  They teach survival skills as well as swimming.  

Were they really hard for your lo in the beginning? I've heard some scary stuff about kids swallowing tons of water and throwing up or being bloated. Sounded traumatic and am wondering if this everyone's experience or just some.

For the first few days she was a little uneasy but she is naturally an anxious child.

The instructor will check the child's stomach frequently during the lesson.  Usually if it is hard then they have swallowed too much water and the instructor takes a break and burps the child.  With ISR the child is not supposed to eat 3-4 hours prior to the lesson to prevent an upset stomach or throwing up.  

Good to know, thank you!

Both my kids and ALL my friends kids did ISR and I am VERY happy with the results. My youngest started when he was 14 months old. The first few days can be rough as kids learn how it works, but after that, it's GREAT. My kids are 8 and 10 now and have both been able to swim independently since they were 2 or younger. I can't speak highly enough of the ISR program. :)

Kathy

I teach ISR lessons, and was an ISR student as a child too :0) so I'm a little bias, BUT I always encourage parents to ask the following question when deciding which program to pursue for their little ones: Call or email and specifically ask: "What will my child, who is ____ years/months old, be able to do independently after completing lessons with you this summer." It really depends on what you want the answer to that question to be. If you want them to be able to have independent, life-saving skills in case of the unthinkable, then, as far as I know, ISR is the only program that can teach children from the age of 6 months old to self-rescue. But other programs have a different approach and different benefits- so you just gotta know what you are looking for ;0)

Good information, thank you!  So, what would you recommend for an almost two year old?  Would you do the ISR, or go to somewhere that has the 'guppy' lessons?  Should I start with ISR?

Thanks!

Carrie

Where do you teach classes? Do you have any openings in your schedule? What would my 13 month old learn and be able to do on her own if you were in fact able to instruct her?

Jen Myer said:

I teach ISR lessons, and was an ISR student as a child too :0) so I'm a little bias, BUT I always encourage parents to ask the following question when deciding which program to pursue for their little ones: Call or email and specifically ask: "What will my child, who is ____ years/months old, be able to do independently after completing lessons with you this summer." It really depends on what you want the answer to that question to be. If you want them to be able to have independent, life-saving skills in case of the unthinkable, then, as far as I know, ISR is the only program that can teach children from the age of 6 months old to self-rescue. But other programs have a different approach and different benefits- so you just gotta know what you are looking for ;0)

Honestly, I am of the school of thought that it is best to either teach a child independent self-rescue skills, or to keep them out of swimming lessons... I find that lessons that introduce the water as a fun place, but do not teach children the skills they need for safety is actually more dangerous. A child is then more likely to approach the water alone if the opportunity presents itself.

ISR lessons will teach a child who is not yet walking to roll to their back and float independently. They will also learn to hold their breath under water. They learn to do this from various positions so that they are prepared for aquatic emergency situations. Children graduate once they can preform these skills in full summer clothing (including a diaper) and full winter clothing. We have found that research indicates that many emergency situations occur while a child is fully clothed and we want them to experience that change in weight distribution in a safe environment.

Once a child is a year old and walking they will also learn to roll back over, face down in the water, open their eyes, "swim" (kick and move) and look for an exit strategy. If they can reach the wall, they will grab it. If they cannot they will float again to rest. If there is no wall or exit they can float and wait for help to arrive.

I personally teach classes at Westside pool and begin my season next week. Students graduate at their own pace so spaces are opening and filling throughout the summer season until September. I have openings from 4pm-4:30 and after 6pm. Lessons are 5 days a week and last 10 minutes each (to prevent temperature fatigue in such young kiddos). You can checkout my website at www.gainesvilleswimlessons.com too or shoot an email my way for more info. j.myer@infantswim.com

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