History Of ISR - www.infantswim.com


The idea behind Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) was born in 1966 when its founder, Dr. Harvey Barnett, was just 18 years old. As an active lifeguard with a passion for water safety, Barnett witnessed the tragic aftermath when a neighbor child drowned. At that moment, he vowed to do everything possible to ensure not one more child drowns.


Barnett began teaching young children in his neighborhood how to swim. As he taught the children to swim, Barnett observed how they responded to certain types of instruction, how quickly they learned some techniques, and what types of communication they responded to most effectively. He took miles of Super 8 movie film and began to develop a specific technique that could be used even for non-verbal infants. This was the beginning research phase for what is now Infant Swimming Resource’s proprietary and proven methodology to teach babies 6 months to 6 years old to swim, to save themselves in an accidental water encounter.


With a Ph.D. and 43 years experience, Barnett developed the first and only drowning prevention strategy that has earned a 100% safety record. ISR is a truly comprehensive infant swimming education and self-rescue skill instruction method that is well established in the fields of health care, psychology/behavioral sciences, anatomy and physiology.


Since 1966, ISR has safely delivered over 7.75 million lessons to teach water self-rescue skills to more than 200,000 babies and has educated parents and medical experts nationwide on water safety techniques and proven instruction methods. To date, ISR has 788 documented cases of children using ISR techniques to save themselves from drowning.


Please remember that there is no substitute for adult supervision.

ISR Non-Discrimination Policy


Infant Swimming Resource, LLC ("ISR") complies with all federal and state laws and regulations and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion or disability. It is the policy of ISR to provide reasonable accommodations to its disabled applicants and students, with the provision of appropriate documentation of the need for the accommodation.



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