The Pioneer of Survival Swimming Lessons
History and Introduction
Founded in 1966 by Dr. Harvey Barnett, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) is the global leader in the industry it pioneered: survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. Their 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 more than 50 years of research and achieves unparalleled results.
Their mission, “Not One More Child Drowns,” is the foundation of everything they do and is the driving force behind ISR’s employees, independent ISR Instructors, and major corporate partnerships. The company believes that the successful prevention of the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four in the US will require a large group of caring and capable professionals whose sole focus is to save lives. To date, ISR has delivered more than 8 million ISR Self-Rescue lessons and saved more than 800 lives.
The ISR Approach
ISR believes that pool fences, supervision, and pool alarms are important parts of a necessary multilayered approach to drowning prevention. However, traditional lines of defense break down and the more than 4,000 drowning deaths per year bear a grim testament to the fact that traditional approaches are missing a key component: the child.
The organization’s core conviction is that the child is the most important part of a drowning prevention strategy and their more than 300,000 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, they take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.