Survival Swimming Lessons for Babies

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Survival Baby Swim Lessons Philadelphia

If you’re anything like me, then you have now fully moved mentally past winter. (And I really don’t care what the forecasts are saying about next week. What snow? I can’t hear you Mr. Weatherman! LA-LA-LA-LA-LA.) In my mind, I’m already picking out sundresses and tiny little swim trunks for Luke.

Speaking of tiny swim trunks: Now that warm weather is upon us (WHAT. IT IS. STOP SAYING SNOW.), you might be interested in checking out the amazing survival swim instruction offered by the Infant Swimming Resource of Philadelphia. The classes aren’t your usual intro-to-water type of swim classes (not that there’s anything wrong with those classes — we love those classes!): The survival swim classes teach tiny ones skills that can literally save their lives.

You might have heard of the (trademarked) ISR self-rescue technique before — ISR was founded in 1966, instructors all over the country teach the method. (There are five in the Philadelphia area — all of whom started as parents who were so impressed with the results that they became teachers themselves.) Basically, babies from 6 months to 1 year learn how to flip themselves from face-down to face-up in the pool (they even practice doing that in their diapers and shoes, to simulate real-life situations); older ones (from 1 to about 6 years) learn a technique called float-to-swim, wherein the child learns to alternately float on his back to get air and then flip to swim toward safety, and then float, then swim, and so on. (You can see a video of all this stuff here.) It’s sort of mind-blowing, what these tiny brains can learn, and definitely mind-blowing to watch such little ones handle themselves so well in the water.

As you might guess, the program is no joke — lessons, which are taught one-on-one, are only 10 minutes in length, but go five days a week for six weeks. (Tricky with most schedules, I know, but so worth it if you can swing it, no?) Registration fees are $105; each week of classes is $110. Enrollment is ongoing, says 9-year instructor Barb Gorman, and there are spring sessions offered in Fort Washington, Ambler, Wayne, Blue Bell and Limerick. (The class/location line-up was just updated for the year, so if you go online and don’t see all the locations just yet, give it a day or so, or look below for individual contact names and emails.) You can also check out the site for more information and more background!

Fort Washington and Ambler 
Blue Bell 
Christine Stinson
Mary Guarino and Emily Morrison


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