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ISR Lesson Overview with Certified ISR Master Instructor

Becki Pinckard

One-On-One Lessons

All ISR lessons are one-on-one, student and Instructor. This allows the Instructor to focus fully on the individual needs of the student as all children are unique in their personalities and their cognitive learning abilities. ISR lessons are student directed lessons, tailored to the changing needs of the individual child throughout every moment of each lesson. Although lessons are one-on-one, they are not "closed" to other students and/ or parents. It often helps children to stay engaged when other children are watching their progress and cheering them on.

Ten Minutes

Lessons are approximately ten minutes a day. ISR lessons are kept short to avoid muscle exhaustion. ISR students work hard to achieve their float and the swim-float-swim sequence and although they are given rests throughout the maximum ten minute lesson, their muscles can fatigue quickly while learning these new skills.

5 Days per Week - Monday thru Friday

Consistency and repetition are the foundation to successful and engaged students. Lessons are only ten minutes a day, but the consistency and repetition of five days a week is what builds the skills they need to survive an aquatic environment. The average student will take approximately four to six weeks to complete the ISR course. All children learn at different speeds, but consistency is a major factor in determining the amount of weeks a student's lessons will last.

Parent Involved

Parents are instrumental in their child's development. Infant Swimming Resource classes are no different. Children respond to their parents emotions and ISR knows what an important tool this can be when teaching a child to swim. We encourage parents to always stay upbeat and positive during the lessons as well as in discussions about swim classes at home. We also encourage parents to be active in their child's swimming development by teaching parents ways to interact with their child in the water safely and in accordance with their development in their ISR lessons.

Once a child begins to exhibit strong propulsion in the water, Certified Master Instructor and Infant Swimming Resource Drowning Prevention Specialist Becki Pinckard allows parents to get into the pool on Friday lessons to teach them how to interact with their child in the water while still honoring their newly acquired aquatic skills.


Upon completion of lessons, you may see behaviors in the child's swimming at home that is not consistent with what your child was doing during lessons. This is a natural progression for your child. As he becomes more comfortable and confident in the water, he will begin to experiment and explore the aquatic environment. It is important to know that this does not mean that your child has "forgotten" the skills learned during ISR lessons. However, it may be necessary to schedule a Maintenance Lesson.

Maintenance Lessons are designed to fine-tune your child's skills or to prevent problems from developing in your child's technique. A few months after completion of 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.

During Maintenance Lessons, I will discuss with you different ways to swim with your child to reinforce the correct swimming behaviors and how to control the swimming environment to avoid negative behaviors. There are no set time frames for Maintenance Lessons. They are contingent upon the behaviors being exhibited by your child. In most cases, behaviors can be reinforced or corrected in one or two Maintenance Lessons. However, some parents choose to bring their children for maintenance Lessons once a week or every two weeks throughout the summer to consistently reinforce proper swimming behaviors.

Refresher Lessons

ISR recommends that all students, especially between the ages of 12 months and 4 years, return to an ISR Instructor at least once a year for Refresher Lessons. Refresher lessons usually last about half of the time if 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 our students 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 her swim and float to her new more mature body and mind and to reinforce her confidence in the water.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Only 10 minute lessons?

    Because ISR lessons are one-one-one, the student gets almost one full hour of individual instruction. Self-Rescue™ tasks broken down into daily small approximations help the student to learn quickly and best. The consistency of coming 5 days a week results in improved learning and retention of skills for the student.

  • What happens if my child has to miss a lesson for sickness or vacation?

    Although consistency is key in ISR lessons, I understand that circumstances arise where a occasionally a student has to miss for an illness or vacation. In the event a lesson is missed, I am happy to offer make up lessons for number of days missed after the student has completed lessons. These make up days can be used immediately following the completion of lessons, or until the end of the current season before lessons have ended for the summer.

  • How often are lessons?

    Lessons are held each day Monday - Friday for approximately 10 min ea.

  • Are parents expected to get in the water for each lesson?

    While the lessons are one-on-one with the Instructors each day, once the student has some skills (and are close to finishing up) we encourage & love it when the parents get in the water for at least a lesson or two (Fridays are usually great days for this) so that we can show you how to best work with your kids in the water to be able to use and maintain the skills they have learned! However, if you say “no way” or are not able to get in the water with us any time before your child’s lessons end, we are certainly more than happy to verbally guide you through some things that you can do while having fun and swimming with your kiddos outside of lessons. You can also feel free to video a session where we explain things like that as well and then you’ll have it for future reference. :)

  • We've taken ISR lessons - what's next? Can my child learn strokes?

    Yes, absolutely! Not all ISR Instructors move on to strokes with your child but I DO! ISR transitions into strokes so well because the student has already been learning to turn their face to roll to their back so integrating that into a freestyle stroke is the next step! Once they have the basic freestyle masters, they can move onto the other 3 basic strokes (backstroke, breast stroke, and butterfly). The great thing about moving onto strokes with an ISR Instructor, is that we make sure that we don't put the ISR behaviors and self-rescue skills on extinction. Please contact me directly to inquire about strokes pricing and availability as it differs a bit from ISR lessons.


ISR is the most educational and effective survival swimming instruction program available.

For more than 50 years, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) has been teaching children critical Self-Rescue skills -- giving children the competence and confidence to safely enjoy the water. ISR’s technique teaches babies from 6 months to 6 years of age how to save themselves if they were to end up in the water alone.

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Becki Pinckard