Infant Swimming Resource Lessons with Certified ISR Master Instructor becki Pinkcard
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Read more about the skills your child will learn.
Children between the ages of 6 to 12 months old are taught to roll over and maintain a float position in the event of an accidental fall into the water. Teaching your infant to float takes approximately 3-5 weeks. Private 10 minute lessons are held 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Fully skilled infants can maintain a float in a bathing suit or in clothing. ISR highly recommends survival training when your infant begins to crawl.
Children over the age of one year old are taught to swim with their faces in the water, and when they sense the need for air, to roll back to their back and float. After resting and catching their breath, they roll over and continue to swim to the nearest point of safety. A child can perform this swim, float, swim, float sequence to safely reach their point of entry into the water in a survival situation. Children can also perform this sequence in their clothes. If a child does not see a way out of his predicament, he will rollover on his back and maintain a float position. This buys the parent time in the event of an accident. This same sequence is most often used for fun at the pool! The confidence and self-esteem of these young swimmers is truly amazing! Teaching your 12 month to 6 year old will take approximately 4-6 weeks. When fully skilled with the swim, float, swim, sequence, older children can move directly into STROKE WORK with me as their Instructor.
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.
Today, Dr. Barnett, is recognized by the State Board of Medical Examiners in Florida, Arizona and California, and is the only, non-medical doctor that has been invited to speak on the topic of pediatric drowning prevention during Pediatric Grand Rounds presentations at hospitals across the United States.
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 8,000,000 effective lessons teaching water Self-Rescue skills to more than 300,000 infants and toddlers and has educated parents and medical experts nationwide on water safety techniques and proven instruction methods. To date, ISR has 800 documented cases of children using ISR techniques to save themselves from drowning.
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 Aquatic Safety List.
Certified ISR Master Instructor
Hi! My name is Becki Pinckard, I am an Arizona native. I have been married to my husband for 30 yrs. We have 4 children (2 boys, 2 girls, ages 18 through 27) and one sweet granddaughter!
I LOVE teaching ISR! 2023 is my 23rd season teaching ISR lessons! In addition to being an ISR Master Instructor, I am also a 4-H volunteer leader and as a family we also raise and & show pigs. I enjoy working out, as well as being outdoors, spending time with my kids and family. We love to travel and are very involved in our church. We have a busy, fulfilling life!
I wanted to become an ISR Instructor after my 2 oldest children went through the program and I saw what a complete difference it made in our life! It was SO much more enjoyable to be around water and to know that my kids had the ability to save themselves should they find themselves in the water alone. I yearned for more people to know about this program. I thought the best way would to do that would be to become a Certified ISR Instructor myself & to change lives one student at a time. So, that is just what I did back in August of 2000. Now, I am also a Certified Master Instructor which gives me the opportunity to train individuals from all over North America to become ISR Instructors.
I absolutely love being an ISR Instructor because of the feeling that I get EACH and EVERY time I witness a student roll to their back independently. I KNOW then, that they are an aquatic problem solver and when all other barriers fail them that they will not fail themselves! I get to witness that each and every day – it NEVER gets old! It is also extremely rewarding and fulfilling when I get a call or email from a parent of one of my students in the middle of winter telling me that their child (who has not been in ISR lessons since last summer) fell into the freezing pool water and did EXACTLY what I taught them to do!
It is an honor to be an Instructor for the most outstanding Self-Rescue swim program in the world!
have lived in AZ my whole life and during the hot summer months we live in the pool. When I had my first baby, I knew I had to get her into swimming lessons asap. My sister had recommended Becki and it only took 1 observation of a lesson and I knew there was only 1 choice, ISR with Becki Pinckard. My firstborn, Britta had her first lessons when she was only 7 months. She caught on so quickly and I trusted Becki 10X more than I even trusted myself with my daughter in the pool.
When she had her second set of lessons with Becki the next summer, Britta actually ended up loving it! By the end of the lessons Britta did not even cry and actually would say, “ready…” before she would start swimming. Becki was so good with her uber high maintenance attitude and she was able to comfort and teach her at the same time. For our family there is no one else I will ever go to for swim lessons. Swimming is a joy now that I don’t have to fret every time we go swimming. It is so comforting knowing that Britta is capable of swimming on her own as well as being completely water safe.
This was my first year doing ISR with my children (ages 2 and 4) and we had an amazing experience! I feel so confident to take them swimming this summer knowing they will be safe and would survive if they ever fell into a pool. My children learned the swim-float-swim method so quickly and loved Miss Becki! I highly recommend ISR and Miss Becki to all mothers with young children, it is a decision you won’t regret!
All I can say is WOW! ISR classes have given my 21 month old confidence and most of all respect around the water. It has given me the peace of mind that I have given my son a valuable tool that could save his life. Becki Pinckard is great and made us real comfortable with everything he was learning. I just cannot say enough about ISR!!
“ISR is the best thing we have ever done for our family. Every time we hear of a child drowning we are so thankful for Miss Becki and the survival skills she has taught our daughter.”