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 MINUTE LESSONS
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 - FRIDAY
Consistency and repetition are the foundation to successful and engaged students. This is why all ISR students attend lessons 5 days a week, Monday - Friday, until they are completely skilled in the Self Rescue technique (typically 4-6 weeks). Lessons are only ten minutes a day, but the consistency and repetition of coming to lessons five days a week is what builds the skills they need to survive any aquatic incident. All children learn at different speeds, but consistency is a major factor in determining the amount of weeks a student's lessons will last.
Parents are instrumental in their child's development. Infant Swimming Resource classes are no different. Children respond to their parent's emotions and ISR knows what an important tool this can be when teaching a child to swim. Although parents are not in the water at the beginning of lessons, staying upbeat and positive during the lessons will have a powerfully positive impact in their child's enjoyment and success during lessons. By continuing this attitude at home in discussions about swim classes, parents are able to be an integral part of the ISR experience. 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, I will invite parents to get into the pool during lessons to teach them how to interact with their child in the water while still honoring their newly acquired aquatic skills.