Frequently Asked Questions
How many days a week are lessons and how long is each session?
Lessons are attended 10 minutes a day, 5 consecutive days a week (Schedule TBD) for approximately 6 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.
What time of day are you offering lessons?
Very limited slots are available- please inquire via email for lesson times!
We are only available on weekends. Do you have weekend classes?
Depending on the schedule we set for a given session, some classes may fall on a weekend, but classes must be attended as stated above- 5 consecutive days. This may mean a M-F schedule or a Tues-Sat schedule.
Do I have to get in the water?
Parents are not required to get in the water, but after a few weeks of lessons it can sometimes be fun for your little one if Mom or Dad makes a guest appearance in the water! The last lesson of the week is a great day for this.
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, although we have been known to take some kiddos who are a bit older than 6. For our littlest students, in addition to being 6 mos old he/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?
Lessons are always 1:1.
In the Hamptons we will be offering a block of these 1:1 timeslots, traveling to your backyard heated pool. If you have multiple siblings in the home that you want to participate in lessons and/or friends very close by who are interested in lessons at one pool, we can do a group rate (lessons will still be 1:1, but back to back!) Pricing upon request.
For the May NYC session, we will be available to travel to your building pool. If you have multiple siblings in the home that you want to participate in lessons and/or friends very close by who are interested in lessons at one pool, we can do a group rate (lessons will still be 1:1, but back to back!) Pricing upon request.
There is also a one-time registration fee of $105 per child which goes directly to ISR to cover 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.
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 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, months, or even years 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.
4. We do not live in the Hamptons year round, and as you likely know housing is not inexpensive in your area! We have to rent while we are in town teaching your children, and our fees take into account that housing cost.
Lastly, 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 of lessons is over?
Once your child completes the session, he/she is fully skilled to survive an aquatic emergency and in most cases has a successful rollback-to-float or swim-float-swim sequence. If you live in the NYC area during the school year, an instructor local to the city may able to see you for Maintenance lessons. If you live elsewhere, we can work together to find an instructor who your child can see for maintenance!
Refresher Lessons are highly recommended every 6-8 months to adjust your child's skills to their growing body. We will offer one session early in 2021 in NYC to be able to offer refresher lessons to any students we skill out East in the summer of 2020.
Once your child is around age 4 we can help make a recommendation for a swim instructor who can take their skills further....learning stroke, swim mechanics etc. should we determine they are ready and their self-rescue skills are not at risk of being lost by doing so!
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...
How do I register?
Here is the registration process:
1. Read through all the information on this website. When you are ready to proceed, e-mail Jenna Porcelli at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss available time slots.
2 Once you agree on a time for your child's lessons with your instructor, you will be sent a unique ISR registration URL and instructions for securing your slot with a deposit. You are only guaranteed the agreed upon time after you register and pay the $105 fee. After you are sent the registration link, you have 24 hours to complete the process. If you do not complete registration in 24 hours, your time slot is forfeited to other parents who are waiting for open time slots. A 2 week deposit is due upon registering which will be applied to your first 2 weeks of lessons.
3. Once approved (typically no more than 48 hours) you will receive a confirmation e-mail and a link to your PRB (Parent Resource Handbook). Please read through the handbook prior to lessons.
4. You will receive an email from your instructor approx. 2 weeks before lessons begin which includes BUDS sheets information, ISR Policies, & a Welcome letter that contains many helpful hints and reminders to get your child's ISR lessons started.