The pool had only been open for a couple of weeks in June and Grant was about 19 months old. He was riding his Big Wheel around the decking of the pool when he drove too close to the edge of the pool while making a right hand turn. The back wheel did not make the turn causing him to tip over into the pool. It happened in an instant. There was no screaming or yelling and not much of a splash.
My husband was vacuuming the deep end of the pool and saw Grant hit the water. I was sweeping the porch area with my back to the pool. My husband yelled to me and we both immediately ran to the shallow end of the pool. Grant was already coming up to the surface on his back ready to float just as he was trained to do. We scooped him out of the pool and he was no worse for wear. Thanks Chuck you helped save Grant!
Another success story from the lessons you provide. Recently my son, not quite two years old, was playing on the steps of my mother's pool. While I was supervising within five feet of his location he lost his balance and fell off the step. Being I was so close I waited to see what his reaction would be.
Without any problems he rolled onto his back and immediately began floating just as you trained him to do. Seeing this I am confident if he were to get into trouble alone in the water he would know exactly what to do to survive in the water until I arrived.
Thank you again for training both of my boys with these awesome skills.
Having a two-year old boy who loves swimming (being in the water) and frequently going fishing with me made me very concerned for his safety around the water. He showed no fear around and in water including the ocean with the waves crashing on the beach. He has spent time with me in a boat fishing where he is always required to wear a life jacket but I was still concerned for his safety around water due to him not being afraid of it. The last thing I wanted to do was teach him to fear the water. Instead my goal was to teach him to both respect and enjoy being near and in water.
Recently I found an organization where children are taught how to survive in the water alone if they should accidentally fall into a swimming pool, lake, pond, etc… The instructor teaching the class in my area was Chuck Teasley. He cares for each child as if they were his own and teaches the children to survive in a situation where they encounter the water. This is not a typical swimming class where children play in the water or learn different styles of swimming. This is infant water survival training and the youngest of children are capable of learning the techniques.
Chuck taught my son how to become comfortable in the water (this took about 30 seconds for him) and how to survive if he were alone in a body of water. He was taught to float on his back so he was able to get air while in the water. While in the pool the children were moved away from the edge and instructed to get back to the side to exit the water. Children didn’t have the strength to swim all the way to the side without needing to stop for air and/or rest. This is where the floating on the back comes into play. When they get tired or need more air they are taught to flip on their back for both air and a resting period.
Take Chuck's advise and don't ever use floatation devices. We went on a vacation to Table Rock Lake and allowed my son to swim for a short time with a life vest on and he developed a bad habit of allowing it to float him while in the water. It took some refresher time to undo this learned habit.
I highly recommend this course for all children and the younger they get started the better. Personally I consider this course a must for any child who spends time in a boat, near boat docks, lakes, and swimming pools. I have seen it first hand and it is amazing how these children learn water survival.
Thank you very much for teaching my second child the ISR water survival techniques. It is amazing to watch you with all of the children while teaching them to survive in the water. You treat each and everyone like they are your own children.
It is very clear that you are an expert in your field and you have found a job you truly enjoy. You have touched the lives of many people while teaching the children the behaviors needed to survive in the water alone. I tell everyone willing to listen about ISR and how you provide children with one-on-one training in the water.
While teaching the children basic survival skills it is clear that a lot of psychological training is involved in your training as well. With every child trained you are possibly preventing an accidental drowning. Keep up the awesome work and thank you very much for doing what you do.