Did you know your child is more likely to die from drowning than any other accident?
Drowning is the #1 cause of death of children 1-4 years old. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning. (Centers for Disease Control)
Fortunately, there is a solution: a multilayered approach to drowning prevention:
Layer 1. Effective Supervision
Layer 2: Barriers/Fences
Layer 3. Alarms:
Layer 4. Survival Swimming Lessons
Layer 5: CPR
The bad news: the first 3 layers of protection can and do fail.
The good news: 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.
And more good news: it’s available on Long Island!
What makes ISR Seal Team Survival Swimming different than any other lessons on Long Island?
ISR’s unique results are achieved through fully customized, safe and effective, one-on-one lessons.. What your child will learn, and the way he or she will learn it, is what makes ISR so different from traditional swimming lessons. Always putting safety first, ISR emphasizes competence, which leads to confidence, and provides the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in and around the water.
What your child will learn depends on his or her age and developmental readiness, but in all cases, at minimum, your child will learn to roll onto his or her back to float, rest, and breathe, and to maintain this position until help arrives.
Not only is the instructor, Kristine McCarren a Certified ISR Instructor, she is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with experience in pediatrics, neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation. Her educational background has assisted her in teaching children of all abilities in and out of the water.
The proof is in the pudding:
There have been more than 850 documented cases of children using their ISR skills to save themselves in an aquatic emergency.
Here are some reasons why winter is a great time to learn survival swim skills:
1. You can save the everyday lessons as a part of your winter routine and enjoy your summer activities.
2. Most likely, your child won’t be swimming regularly at home during the winter, leaving less room for interference during his/her initial training. There will be less bad habits for your instructor to “fix” throughout the session.
3. You can “refresh” your child’s skills before the summer and be ready to go when the pool opens!
4. An everyday activity creates a routine and consistency for your child. Babies love routine!
We often hear from parents “I’m going to wait until he is a little bit older” to enroll him in ISR Self-Rescue® Swim Lessons
Here’s a few reasons why you may want to reconsider:
1. Your child’s greatest drowning risk lies between 1-4 years old. Of course, with luck, your child won’t make it to the water alone, but “LUCK IS NOT A DROWNING PREVENTION STRATEGY ” (Harvey Barnett, ISR Founder)
2. Your baby is a SPONGE! He/she absorbs information at a rapid rate. Think of when he learned how to roll over – one day he was crying during tummy time, the next, you found him on his back when you came back from the bathroom! And then it seemed he had been doing it forever! Learning to swim is the same. It’s a motor skill that, when trained and strengthened properly, can be ENGRAINED into your child’s muscle memory – FOREVER.
3. Learning to handle oneself in the water without flotation devices ever being introduced greatly increases the chances of your child knowing what to do in an aquatic emergency. Once puddle jumpers or floaties are introduced, they become a part of a child’s motor plan, and teaching them to swim without one may be more difficult (still possible, but we must now replace the child’s muscle memory over time). It is never too late, but the earlier the motor plan is put in place, the better.
4. Hearing a baby cry can be tough. Hearing a toddler say “I want to get out ” is even tougher. Never hearing your baby cry again – UNIMAGINABLE.
Bottom line – you’ll never regret teaching them to swim early. But sadly, there are many moms who deeply regret waiting.
Visit www.isrnewyork.com to learn how to teach your baby these lifesaving skills. Lessons are available in Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson Station, Garden City, and Hauppauge. New session starts January 22nd in Ronkonkoma. Limited slots available.
Ask about our Winter Referral Program!
Gift Certificates Available – Skip the toys, give the gift of survival!