My children have been taking infant swimming lessons since my 5-year-old was 18 months old. We take lessons through Infant Swimming Resource and I can’t speak highly enough about how impressive this program is.
My biggest fear as a mother is losing my child. For some reason I have this recurring dream that one of my children is drowning. This could stem from birthday parties I had as a little girl. My mom was the only chaperone and she still to this day cannot swim. I’m pretty sure we would have had to rescue her if anything went wrong!
I heard of ISR when my oldest was one but I dismissed it because it sounded crazy. It’s a 6-week program and your session is 10 minutes a day every weekday. I thought to myself “you’ve got to be kidding me, how can you get anything done in a 10-minute session?” and so I didn’t think more about it. Well after my second child was born, I quickly realized that I didn’t have eyes on the back of my head so maybe a little survival swimming could help this growing family. Most of our relatives in Florida have pools or neighbors with pools and I was always terrified when I traveled. Well, that’s because my crazy Ansley would do anything to break out of our house starting at age 2, but that’s a whole separate blog. I literally woke to our house alarm one morning at 4:30am. Ansley was all of 2 years old when she woke up, dragged a chair to our garage door (pretty sure she had infrared night-vision goggles on!), opened the door and garage door in one fell swoop. When my husband asked her what she was doing, she replied “going to Anna’s house!” Anna would be her best friend who lived across the street. So anyway, you get the picture about how I need to train my children survival instincts! And now I have three other little Ansleys right behind her! So back to my point. We started with Master Instructor Jayme Kreitman who brought ISR to Charlotte many years ago. She was fabulous and Isabel did great in the program. In fact, I never trained Ansley with ISR so her little sister was swimming and surviving way better than she was! Ansley, being the competitive little thing that she is, trained herself how to float! Impressive, I must say. So the twins are currently doing their refresher course (they completed the 6-week program last year) with a different instructor, Katie Tucker. We love her as well. My goal this summer is to take all four to our pool and feel comfortable. I know we can do this!
There are currently four ISR instructors in the Charlotte area. Check the ISR site and use the Instructor Locator which matches you with an instructor by zip code. Check out the video below from The Today Show last week. This video will make you an instant believer. More to come on other swimming schools from the CSP blog team!