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Yes. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE CLEARED THROUGH THE NATIONAL ISR OFFICE PRIOR TO STARTING THEIR FIRST LESSON. REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT AND PAID FOR ON LINE. YOU WILL BE ASKED SPECIFIC QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR CHILD'S MEDICAL HISTORY TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S SAFTEY DURING LESSONS.
These lessons are for children who have already completed survival lessons. Maintenance lessons help students to maintain their skills and confidence throughout the year. Ideally, maintenance lessons should be scheduled at the intervals recommended by the instructor, ranging from once or twice a week.
ISR recommends that all students return to an ISR Instructor at least once a year (preferably at the beginning of the swim season) for Refresher Lessons. Refresher lessons usually last about half of the time it took your 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 growing bodies and minds to the skills they previously learned so they can continue to swim/float 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 their swim and float to their changing body and mind, and to reinforce their confidence in the water.
Good question... Floaters need to learn to swim, their bodies are bigger and stronger and they are now ready for movement! Lets get them SWIMMING AND FLOATING!
Progress in lessons is determined by your child's own unique learning style as all lessons are private. Most students under 12 months complete learning a rollback to float in about 4-6 weeks of lessons. Each lesson lasts a maximum of 10 minutes, five days per week. Children 12 months and older learn a swim-float-swim technique and typically master the skills in 6 to 8 weeks.
Each child learns and masters skills at a different rate. The instructor is constantly assessing the child's progress, and in some cases a child will require more time to complete lessons. This child will continue until he or she has successfully mastered the skills he or she is learning.
Although 10 minutes may seem like a very short lesson, remember that each lesson is private and your child is getting the undivided attention of the instructor. This lesson though short is very intense. Most group lesson are only 30-45 minutes in length with as many as 6 children in each class. This equals only about 5-7 minutes of actual instruction time for each child. Before deciding that your child can't possibly learn in such a short lesson, come and observe one or more ISR lessons. ISR has implemented the 10 minute maximum lesson length to ensure the safety of the student. Vasoconstriction checks and the condition of the abdomen dictate the end of the lesson not the clock.
* The 10 minute maximum lesson aids in the prevention of hyponatremia when establishing breath control.
* Allows the Instructor to end the lesson on a better approximation of the target behavior, keeping our student successful within this time frame and getting them out on a positive note rather than due to muscular fatigue.
* Allows the Instructor to end the lesson before physical fatigue sets in. Once physical fatigue sets in posture and coordinated movements begin to deteriorate rapidly and therefore less than optimum performance gets reinforced.
* Studies show that children learn faster and retain skills best when taught in short increments frequently. Hence, the 5 days in a row, 10 minute lessons.
ISR instructors have given over 8 million safe and effective lessons. The safety of each child is the highest priority of each ISR instructor. Prior to participation each child is registered via an online registration process and each child’s health and developmental history is evaluated by our professionals to ensure that he or she can safely participate in lessons . Each lesson is private so the instructor’s attention is focused completely on your child. The ongoing safety of each child is monitored throughout lessons by requiring each parent to keep a daily diary of their child in order to monitor their child’s Bowel, Urine, Diet, and Sleep (BUDS). This is reviewed prior to each lesson. If the instructor feels any of these key health measurements are not as they should be, the child's lesson will not take place or in some cases the length and pace of a lesson is adjusted . Many pediatricians who are educated about this program and its high safety standards are willing to refer their patients to this program.
The ISR instructor training program includes a minimum of 60 hours of supervised in-water training plus education and testing in subjects such as child psychology, physiology, and behavioral science. All instructors are required to maintain current CPR and First Aid certification. Training as an instructor is a serious undertaking as each ISR instructor is carefully screened through extensive interviews before qualifying to earn certification. In addition, all instructors must complete re-certification requirements annually to maintain their affiliation with the program.
Unlike other programs, ISR combines safe swimming lessons with self-rescue skills that teach your baby to survive in the water. Once your child has mastered self-rescue skills, then they are ready to learn how to enjoy the water safely and comfortably.
It is normal and common for a child to cry when he is learning to perform a new skill. This is a new and challenging situation, and he would probably rather be playing than "working". Crying is a form of communication for many children as they grow.When introduced to a new person and a new experience, many children cry. ISR Instructors are trained to recognize different types of cries, and even while crying, the child will be safely and gently guided through the learning process. Crying will not bother the instructor or interfere with your child learning. The first few weeks in lessons for a beginner are a critical time of adaptation to the new environment, the instructor, and the technique. It can be a time of apprehension in and around the water because your child has not had time to perfect his or her new skills. Some of the babies cry because crying is a form of infant communication. There are several different types of infant cries and it is important to be sensitive and educated as to what these different types of cries indicate. Each child is an individual and reacts to the lessons uniquely. Some never cry and most children stop crying when they become skilled in the water. It is very important that the parent sets the example by keeping a positive tone when at lessons and when discussing lessons with or around the child.
It is important that the child not fear the water because being fearful would make it more difficult for the child to learn the necessary skills. There is an important difference between being fearful and being apprehensive because you are not yet skilled in a dangerous environment.
No, nobody can ever drown-proof your child. Be leery of any program that advertises they can.
We do not want the baby to initially associate the water with the love, attention and affection of the parent with the water. Also, it takes incredible concentration and objectivity to teach the baby how to react to an aquatic emergency and our research shows that parents lack the objectivity to be effective teachers with their own children in the water.
Children under the age of 6 months are not neurologically mature enough to benefit from ISR instruction.
After their initial training, it is recommended that each child participate in Refresher lessons each season. Refresher lessons are important because children change so much both cognitively and physically during the first 2-3 years of life. It is important that their aquatic skills and abilities grow with them.
Breath holding skills are taught in the first lesson. We shape breath control using highly effective positive reinforcement techniques.
Floatation devices give children a false sense of security and hold them in postures that are not compatible with swimming skills. If a child learns that he can jump in the water and go into a vertical posture and he will be able to breathe, he is getting the wrong idea about that environment. Flotation devices are for children who cannot swim. Children, who cannot swim, should not be allowed to learn that it is safe to play in the water while relying on a crutch. Life jackets must be worn in a boat or around the water when there is the potential for an accidental submersion. They are not a substitute for the ability to swim or for adult supervision.
A baby does not need to perceive danger or be afraid to respond appropriately to being underwater. If a baby has learned to roll over and float when he needs air, he does not need to perceive danger in order to respond in this manner. He needs skill, practice and confidence to calmly deal with the situation.
The lessons require a lot of physical activity for the students. We do not want them to eat prior to lessons because we want them to be as comfortable as possible.