ABOUT ISR

"Not One More Child Drowns"​

ISR's mission statement serves as the foundation of everything we do. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 4 in the U.S. and we have the power to help reduce that statistic. To date, ISR has delivered more than 8,000,000 ISR Self-Rescue lessons and saved more than 800 lives. See the videos and descriptions below for all that your child can learn!

Infants 6-12 mos

Children ages 6 months-12 months learn the ISR Self-Rescue skill of rolling onto their backs to float, rest and breathe. They learn to maintain this position until help arrives.

Children 1-6 years

Older, more mobile children will learn the full ISR Self-Rescue sequence of swimming until they need air, rotating onto the back to float, then rolling back over to continue swimming. ISR students are taught to repeat this sequence until they reach the safety of the steps, side of the pool, or the shoreline.

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 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 we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.