Welcome to ISR Chicago

floating babiesInfant Swimming Resource (ISR) is the nation’s leading provider of aquatic survival swimming and ISR Self-Rescue skills. Our mission is "to prevent drowning, and enrich the lives of children and parents by teaching aquatic survival skills." Our goal is "not one more child drowns."

ISR teaches aquatic problem solving skills through highly effective, specialized survival swimming lessons for children ages 6 months to 6 years old. With over 40 years of research and development, ISR provides the most comprehensive drowning prevention program available today. To date, ISR has 790 documented cases of children using ISR’s survival swimming techniques to save themselves from drowning

Founded by Harvey Barnett, Ph.D., in 1966, ISR endeavored to put an end to a preventable tragedy…childhood drowning. Barnett witnessed the aftermath of this tragedy after a neighbor’s 9 month old son reached the water alone. From that point on, Barnett vowed to do everything possible to ensure that Not One More Child Drowns. A behavioral scientist by trade, Barnett adapted his theoretical knowledge of learning to pioneer the Self-Rescue method used by ISR today to teach infants and young children to save themselves should they 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 the day that Not One More Child Drowns. To date, ISR has 790 documented cases of children using ISR’s survival swimming techniques to save themselves from drowning.

ISR instructors are the most highly trained and qualified instructors of any swimming program in the country, and must undergo strict re-certification testing annually. Each instructor is academically trained and tested in areas of child psychology, behavioral science, physiology, and anatomy to provide the safest lessons possible for your child. In addition, each instructor spends 6 weeks with a master instructor who supervises in-water training while working with actual students.

For more information on the ISR program, including our history, an overview of the ISR methodology, structure of lessons, frequently asked questions, news, photos and video clips, or to locate other certified ISR Instructors in your area, please visit the official Infant Swimming Resource website at InfantSwim.com.