When Doug and I were looking for houses last year, the 1 thing we did not want was a pool. Of course we ended up with a pool, but the trade off was a big yard (almost an acre) which we did want. At the time, I wasn’t too terrified about having kids with a pool, but as Lucas has become more and more mobile, I have become more and more terrified about the dangers of having a pool with small children. I did some research and spoke to friends about what they have done or wish they had done, and I settled on ISR (Infant Swimming Resource). Once I decided to go this route, it took me a while to register and commit. Why? Because it is a pretty big commitement. We could expect the program to take anywhere from 4-6 weeks at 10 minutes EVERY day.
I finally decided to register lucas and found a local instructor in Rockwall (Michelle Love). From as early as the registration process through the entire program, I was very impressed with the level of detail and strict guidelines put in place to ensure the overall safety and well-being of the babies/ children going through this program.
While it was a time commitment, i really enjoyed getting to see and cheer on the other children. While it was nice to have my evenings back, i was sad to see it end. Michelle is a fabulous instructor and is great with the kids. Even though he cried the 1st 2 weeks, Lucas was always excited to get in the pool. He picked everything up so quickly. I was absolutely amazed.
While I know this is not a replacement for my role as a parent to always keep a close eye on my son while near the water, knowing that my son has acquired the lifesaving skills to return to the surface, rollover, and float on his back should he fall in the water, brings me great peace of mind.
There are other programs out there which keep your child in the water for long periods of time and many times children still aren’t floating on their own after several months. With ISR your child WILL be floating on their own within a week or two.
I encourage any parent looking for a swimming class to seriously consider ISR for you and your children.
Here is a fun video I have put together showing lucas’ journey through ISR.