Originally Posted by AdinaL
You might try a search for ISR or Infant Swim here on MDC. There have been a lot of threads about it. That might help you get some more insight into it. As I recall the general consensus was usually that they weren't a good idea.
The only people that I've seen on here that said they were no good, were also people that have never actually put their kids in the classes, and many don't understand exactly how they work.
I looked into becoming an ISR instructor, its $10K, and months of training + ongoing training, its NOT "watch this 20min video at the YMCA, and yay now you can teach swimming lessons" (which I did when I was in high school).
People seem to think its not a good idea b/c baby cries durring it:
1. only some cry
2. you'd let baby cry in the carseat, why b/c its a safety concern, I feel the same way about teaching them to swim.
3. its not a "I'm scared or hurt" cry, its a "holy crap this is a lot of work" cry (i.e. the way you feel in an exercise class when its just not fun, but worth it!)
And there are a lot of misconceptions - baby is not force into anything, thrown in the water, or anything awful. They are VERY carefully monitored for signs of discomfort/distress/swallowing any water or air, body temperature, change in disposition, etc. To have your kid in the class, you literally track every thing they eat/drink, when they last ate/slept/pooped/peed, medications, behavior, weather or not they went to sleep after the previous class, etc. They are very very strict in making sure baby is safe to take the class each day.
Its also 10min or less per day.
My ds fell in the pool an arms length away from me, he was 15months old, fully dressed and 2 weeks into his ISR class. I got to him in maybe 3 seconds, and in that time he had flipped to his back and was smiling. This kid SCREAMED every ISR class for 6 weeks. But after that, he loved the pool, he is an amazing swimmer, and is very confident. He just turned 5 and will be on the swim team when school starts, he swims very well and still remembers his ISR training when he gets tired in the pool or tumbled in the ocean.