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How is ISR different?
For more than 50 years, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) has been teaching children critical self-rescue skills -- giving children the competence and confidence to safely enjoy the water. ISR’s technique teaches babies from 6 months to 6 years of age how to save themselves if they were to end up in the water alone.

What are Self-Rescue Lessons?
Going beyond traditional swim instruction, ISR teaches children how to survive in the water. Depending on your child’s age, your child will learn different levels of self-rescue skills, including a roll-back-to-float and/or a swim-float-swim. 

Safety First
At ISR, your child’s safety is our first priority. Each lesson is uniquely tailored to your child’s needs based on comprehensive assessment and continual monitoring of your child’s health and skill attainment. Because every child learns at his or her own pace, your child will be gently guided through each skill level.

ISR has safely delivered over 15 million effective lessons teaching water self-rescue skills to infants and children and has educated parents and medical experts nationwide on water safety techniques and proven instruction methods.

Parent Education
Your child is not the only one who will learn during lessons. Infant Swimming Resource’s program includes comprehensive parent education on aquatic safety and drowning prevention. For more information on keeping your family safe in and around the water read tips on ISR’s Family Aquatic Safety List.

The idea behind Infant Swimming Resource was born in 1966 when its founder, Harvey Barnett, Ph.D, was just 18 years old. As an active lifeguard, Barnett witnessed the tragic aftermath when a neighbor's child drowned. At that moment, he vowed to do everything possible to ensure not one more child drowns.

Barnett began teaching young children to swim and observed how they responded to certain types of communication, instruction and different techniques — even with non-verbal infants. This was the beginning research phase for what is now Infant Swimming Resource’s comprehensive infant swimming education and self-rescue program.

ISR Non-Discrimination Policy
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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About Me!

Hi! I’m Kirsten!


For as long as I can remember, water has played a huge part in my life. Many of my earliest childhood memories involve the water. Whether it was spending my summers at the beach or by the pool, working as a lifeguard at my local YMCA, or going to water parks with friends, being around water has always brought me tremendous joy.


My love for water is equally matched by my love for teaching children. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I spent 8 years teaching both elementary and middle school. Each summer I would work as a nanny and one summer I was nannying for a little girl who was enrolled in ISR. Each day I would drive her to swim lessons and watch with pure amazement as she learned to survive in the water. It was then that I decided that any future children I had would also complete ISR lessons.


Nearly 10 years later, I am a mother to 3 young boys, all of whom have completed many seasons of ISR, including Refresher and Maintenance lessons. Learning survival swimming skills have made my sons aquatic problem solvers, giving them the confidence and knowledge they need to survive during a water emergency. The peace of mind ISR has given my family is truly invaluable.


I became an ISR instructor because I believe in the program whole heartedly and I am committed to ISR’s mission to ensure Not One More Child Drowns. ISR perfectly embodies my passions – teaching, children, and water. I hope I can put my passions to work to make a difference in your child’s life.



  • Certified ISR Instructor

  • CPR 

  • First Aid

ABOUT (ISR) Infant Swim Resource

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