What Will My Child Learn?
***One-on-One Private Lessons***
  • Your Child will come to the pool M-F for approximately 4 - 6 weeks.
  • Each child is different, so if more time is needed, more time will be taken for the child.
  • Please make sure that you can commit to the 4-6 week session.  If there might be a problem please speak with Mike before you register your child so we can make adjustments to your lesson.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled session.
  • When you arrive you will fill out the Poolside Buds sheet which is located in your childs folder inside the screened-in-porch.
    Click HERE for BUDS SHEET
  • You will go over the BUDS sheet you brought from home with Mike before your child enters the pool
  • Your lesson will begin
    • The lesson will last 10 minutes each day (M-F)
    • During the lesson Mike will be checking that your child is handling the pace and rigor of the lesson.
  • When the 10 minutes is complete Mike will place your child on their left side on the towels you have brought from home. 
    • Two towels are a buffer and one towel is to wrap your child.
    • At this time many children release any excess air they swallowed during the lesson
  • Then feel free to change your child in the screened-in-porch.
  • Then you come back tomorrow!
The entire process takes approx. 30 minutes a day- from Arrival to Departure  


*Every child learns at his or her own pace. Children may begin lessons at 6 months of age if they are sitting up on their own, until 6 years of age.
 Your child will NEVER be thrown into the water
and will always be accompanied in the water by Mike, your instructor.  You will be watching poolside or from the screened in porch next to the pool.

ISR Survival Float
(Average of 4-5 Weeks)
For babies under 12 months or +12 months but not yet walking well: Child learns to roll back to float, rest and breathe, maintaining the float until rescued.

ISR Swim to Float

(Average 4-5 Weeks)

Young Children 12 months - 14 months old will learn the following sequence: how to hold their breath underwater; swim with their head down and eyes open; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe unassisted until an adult can rescue them.

ISR Swim-Float-Swim
(Average of 6 Weeks)
For children at least 14 months old and walking well: The entire swim-float-swim sequence: child swims with eyes open and head down; rolls back to float, rest and breathe; and flips over to swim again, repeating the cycle until reaching the stairs, ladder, side or rescued by an adult.

Transition to ISR Swim-Float-Swim
(Average of 6 Weeks)
For children who first learned to float or swim to float (from Mike or another instructor) and are now ready to incorporate the continued swimming portion: Child learns to swim with head down and eyes open, roll back to float rest and breathe; and flip back over to swim again, repeating the cycle until reaching the stairs, ladder, side or rescued by an adult.
(Average of 2-3 Weeks)
Refresher lessons are recommended every year for previous Swim-Float-Swim students to sharpen and maintain their ISR skills and adjust to their ever growing and changing body
Beginning Stroke
Mike is also a WSI (Water Safety Instructor) and is trained in beginner stroke lessons. Stroke lessons are for children who have mastered the ISR Swim-Float-Swim Technique and are transitioning to Free-Style and Backstroke (Ages 4-6 years).  This is more for the child who is ready to start Pre-Swim Team.

*Students will complete a final evaluation demonstrating  their learned skills in 
summer and winter clothing.  

I am here to teach your child how to help save themselves.  If at any time you need clarification about what I am doing with your child, please ask! 
You may take pictures or videotape the lessons, however,
Video taping is permitted on Fridays only. The day we are stabilizing skills.
Any photos of your students, yourself & child must have photo releases filled out. I will keep a copy in your file and mail the original to ISR office in Winter Park.  You are encouraged to watch each lesson.  Remember, the first couple of weeks your child will be learning to get aquainted with the water.  Lots of tears and often screams are usually the way they show this lack of understanding.  Even my son, who loves to swim now, screamed like I had never heard before.  By the end of the lessons your child will not only have the skills to be able to save themselves but also a love and respect for the water!

ISR Pictures and Text Copyright 2011, Dr. Harvey Barnett and Mike Warren, Infant Swimming Resource. All rights reserved