Welcome to ISR Chicago

floating babiesWelcome to ISR Chicago and Illinois Swim Rescue, proud provider of the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) program. ISR is the nation’s leading provider of drowning prevention and survival swim self-rescue programs. Our mission is "Not One More Child Drowns." The sooner, the safer!

ISR teaches children aquatic problem solving skills through highly effective, one-on-one specialized survival skill lessons. With over 50 years of research and development, ISR provides the safest and most comprehensive drowning prevention program available today.

Since 1966, ISR has delivered over 12 million lessons worldwide. ISR has educated parents, civil servants, and medical experts on water safety techniques and proven instruction methods. Founded by Harvey Barnett, Ph.D., ISR endeavored to put an end to a preventable tragedy…childhood drowning. Barnett witnessed the aftermath of this tragedy after a neighbor’s child reached the water alone. From that point on, Barnett vowed to do everything possible to ensure that drowning becomes a preventable tragedy. A behavioral scientist by trade, Barnett adapted his theoretical knowledge of learning to pioneer the self-rescue method used by ISR today to teach self-rescue skills should someone reach the water alone.

Fortunately, what began as one man’s mission has transformed into a worldwide organization that is continually making large strides toward ending the drowning pandemic. To date, ISR has over 800 documented cases of unattended children using ISR techniques to save themselves from drowning.

ISR instructors are the most highly trained and qualified instructors of any swimming program in the world, and must undergo strict recertification testing annually. Each instructor is academically trained and tested in areas of psychology, behavioral science, physiology, and anatomy to provide the safest lessons possible. In addition, each instructor spends months reviewing academic curriculum and 60 hours of in-water training with a master instructor who supervises training while working hands-on with actual students.

For more information on the ISR program, including our history, an overview of the ISR methodology, the structure of lessons, frequently asked questions, news, photos and video clips, to locate other certified ISR Instructors in your area, or for information on becoming a certified ISR instructor, please visit ISR's national website at www.infantswim.com.