Frequently Asked Questions
How many days a week are lessons and how long is each session?
Lessons are attended 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) for approximately 6-8 weeks. The consistency of daily lessons is critical for learning efficiency. These are NOT traditional swim lessons! We are teaching highly specialized skills and it is very important to attend class every day. If you cannot commit to this schedule, you may not register until you are sure you can.
We are only available on weekends. Do you have weekend classes?
No. Classes must be attended as stated above.
Do I have to get in the water?
Parents are not required to get in the water. You may choose to get in on the very last day of lessons.
Do you give group lessons?
No. Lessons are always one on one.
Is my child too old/too young for ISR lessons?
The ISR program is for infants and children aged 6 months-6 years. He or she must also be able to sit in an upright position independently.
My child loves/hates/is fearful of/has no experience in the water. Will he still be able to learn the skills?
Absolutely! We teach children to have a healthy respect for the water, and we work in very small increments each day. We present children with small achievable tasks and always set them up to succeed. They learn to trust their skills, and in turn, they gain an incredible amount of confidence in the water.
How much does it cost?
There is a one-time registration fee of $105. Lessons at our rental pool are $300/week. Payments are made directly to your instructor every Monday throughout the course by cash, check or Venmo.
Private (in-home) lessons are available pending instructor availability and travel time. Pricing upon request.
The registration fee of $105 covers a comprehensive medical background check that you complete online when you register for classes. ISR’s staff of nurses reviews all the information in full to ensure your child can safely participate in lessons. One example that might prevent your child from being trained by ISR is a history of seizures.
Why are ISR lessons so much more expensive than regular swim programs?
Great question! ISR has been researched and developed for nearly 50 years. It’s nationally recognized as the safest swim program for infants and children. Your children will learn life saving skills that traditional lessons do not provide. If you are looking for a swim class that focuses on socialization and play rather than safety and survival, you might consider traditional swim lessons.
1. ISR teaches your children to SWIM. There are no other programs in New York City that will teach your child to swim with his face in the water or offer any sort of guarantee about what he will learn. Many parents come to me after spending hundreds of dollars on traditional “swim” programs frustrated because their child doesn’t have any discernible skills after weeks and weeks of lessons.
2. You do not need to enroll your children into swim lessons summer after summer, year after year. Once they learn these skills, they have them forever. With refreshers every 6-8 months, they will retain their skills indefinitely. You end up spending more money over time on traditional lessons that are taught by former high school swimmers or college students trying to make some spending money over the summer. Speaking of teaching credentials…
3. Every ISR instructor undergoes 8 weeks of intense training. Hands on, in the pool with an ISR Master Instructor and students, learning the ISR method. For 8 weeks, we are in the pool 5x per week for several hours a day, for a minimum of 60 hours with ACTUAL students. In addition, we receive academic training in anatomy, physiology, child psychology, behavior and development, sensorimotor learning, and how each relates to the aquatic environment. Every instructor also maintains CPR and First Aid certifications, as well as annual recertification and testing to maintain our ISR certification and skills.
If you add up what you’d spend in a traditional swim program for a few weeks during the summer – where he leaves the class with little to no skills – and then multiply that by every summer until he is 6 years old, this program costs significantly less and the value is infinitely greater.
What happens when a session is over?
Once your child completes the session, he is fully skilled. You should work with your instructor to schedule refresher classes every 6-8 months to adjust to body changes.
What if my child cries? Will he develop a "fear" of the water?
Some children cry the first few lessons due to anxiety. He is in a new building with a pool he's never been to being handed into the water to a stranger - it's normal for him to be wary of the situation! It's important for us to teach your child to trust his/her instructor and eventually to trust the water. Many kids can't wait to come to lessons by the end of the first week!
Remember, fear is a learned behavior. We didn't come out of the womb afraid of spiders or water or large dogs. When someone has a negative experience that involves the fearful object or experience, fear is developed. Your child will only truly be fearful of the water if he or she has witnessed or experienced a traumatic aquatic event.
I don't want my child to cry under any circumstances. Ever.
ISR might not be the right fit for your family. Parents who have lost a child to drowning will tell you they'd give everything to hear their child cry again. Accidents happen to everyone. If it makes you uncomfortable to hear your child cry, think about what it would feel like to never have the opportunity to hear him at all. And more importantly, remember some of the reasons children cry...