Founded in 1966 by Dr. Harvey Barnett, ISR is now the global leader in the industry it pioneered: survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. Our team of nearly 800 highly trained ISR Instructors provides the safest and most effective survival swimming lessons available. The ISR Self-Rescue® instruction our students receive today is the product of over 50 years of research and achieves unparalleled results.
Today, our mission, “Not One More Child Drowns,” is the foundation of everything we do and is the driving force behind Colorado ISR . We believe the successful prevention of the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 4 in the U.S. will require a large group of caring and capable professionals whose sole focus is to save lives. To date, ISR has delivered more than 8,000,000 ISR Self-Rescue® lessons and saved more than 800 lives.
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My first experience with ISR was as an ISR mom. I am a mom of four and had three of my children skilled through ISR. Unfortunately, it wasn't until my child's near drowning that I realized just how important those lifesaving skills would be. TWENTY FIVE SECONDS! That's how long he struggled in the water before finally reaching for a volleyball net, that was in the middle of the pool, to scream for help. There were SIX adults poolside and no one noticed him jump in. It was then that I learned just how silent and common childhood drownings really were and how those problem solving skills ISR taught him saved his life. I decided then and there I wanted to become part of the movement to prevent childhood drownings.
- Gina Mancilla, Certified Bilingual ISR Instructor and Owner of Colorado ISR
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Infant Swimming Resource recommends a multi-layered approach towards water safety.
1. Effective Supervision
The most critical line of defense is adult supervision. This includes during both swim and non-swim times. A majority of water accidents and drownings happen when children are not supposed to be near the water. If your child is ever missing, look in ALL places with water first.
2. Pool Fences
Install a permanent 4-sided fence with self-locking gates. Ensure that the pool fence is at least 3-5 feet from the pool edge. A 4-sided pool fence can decrease the chances of a water accident by more than 80%, compared to a 3-sided fence.
3. Locks & Alarms
Make sure all doors and windows, especially the ones leading to the pool area, are locked and alarmed. You can turn your home security system’s chime feature on, install stand-alone alarms, and use child safety locks.
4. Bright Clothing
Avoid dressing your children in swimsuits that are blue, navy, black, grey, or any shade that easily blends into the water. Instead, put them in brightly colored swimsuits that are easy to spot quickly. In a water emergency, seconds count. The sooner a child in trouble is spotted, the safer!
5. Survival Swimming Lessons
A moment's inattention does not have to cost a child his life. ISR's Self-Rescue training is an added layer of protection, teaching your child water survival skills in a completely safe environment.
If an emergency happens, it is essential parents and families are prepared. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and remember to update those skills regularly. For more info click
"WE TEACH THE BABY TO BE SAFE IN THE WATER AND AT THE SAME TIME TEACH THE PARENTS HOW TO BE SAFER AROUND THE WATER."
- DR. HARVEY BARNETT