I have recently become aware of a program that I find absolutely amazing and so important.The ISR, Infant Swimming Resource is something I wish had been around when my youngest was a toddler. He fell in a pool and almost drowned. I am very thankful that I was close by and could get to him quickly. To this day he does not really enjoy being in pools, lakes or other deep water. But there are many families, and I know of several near where I live that have lost a young child from drowning. Living just a short way from Lake Michigan this is very important as well.
Here is what their web site has to say about who and what they are:
Founded in 1966 by Dr. Harvey Barnett, ISR is now the global leader in the industry it pioneered: survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. Our team of nearly 450 highly trained ISR Instructors provides the safest and most effective survival swimming lessons available. The ISR Self-Rescue™ instruction our students receive today is the product of over 45 years of research and achieves unparalleled results.
Today, our mission, “Not One More Child Drowns,” is the foundation of everything we do and is the driving force behind ISR’s employees, our independent ISR Instructors, and our major corporate partnerships. We believe the successful prevention of the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 4 in the U.S. will require a large group of caring and capable professionals whose sole focus is to save lives. To date, we have delivered more than 7,750,000 ISR Self-Rescue™ lessons and saved more than 800 lives.
ISR believes pool fences, supervision, and pool alarms are important parts of a necessary multi-layered approach to drowning prevention. However, traditional lines of defense break down, and the over 4,000 drowning deaths per year bear a grim testament to the fact that traditional approaches are missing a key component: the child. ISR’s core conviction is that the child is the most important part of a drowning prevention strategy and our over 260,000 ISR graduates and 800 documented survival stories are proof that children can save themselves. Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences; at ISR we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.
But don't just believe what they or I say, watch it in this video!! It will really open your eyes to how amazing and important what they do is!
Check out the website www.infantswim.com and contact Andrea Rapkin @ 414.502.SAFE with questions. This may very well save the life of a child you know and love!!