Kathy Cole, Master Instructor, ISR Fort Myers LLC
                                               Kathy Cole, Master Instructor, ISR Fort Myers LLC

First Day Information

Thank you for registering your child with Infant Swimming Resource! I look forward to meeting you and working with your child!

Please review the following information carefully. I know this is a lot of information, but your child's first day will go much smoother if you take the time to read this now. THANK YOU! :)

1.     Once you have completed the ISR registration and paid the $105 fee, you will receive an email from noreply@infantswim.com. Please check your spam folder if you do not happen to see this in your in-box. If your child was approved, please continue to step 2 below.


If your child's registration is pending, our registration team may need further medical/developmental information on your child, so please keep an eye on your emails in case they need further clarification in order to approve the registration. Please understand that our Registration Team only wants to make sure we are providing the safest possible lessons for your child, and the information they request will help to do that.  

  The approval email from noreply@infantswim.com contains some important information. You will need to print the registration form that is attached to that email, in addition to any other attachments. Please bring all attachment docs with you to the first day of lessons. 

3.   In the text of your approval email you will also see a “coupon code” valued at $15 to redeem at www.ISRStore.com.  You may use this towards the purchase of cloth swim diapers or whatever items you like.  The dive shop also sells cloth swim diapers for about $10/each.

4.   About 4-5 days following the receipt of your approval email from ISR, you should receive a packet in the mail containing the Parent Resource Book (PRB) in addition to BUDS sheets.  This book will answer many of your questions and educate you about our method of teaching ISR Self-Rescue® skills, as well as general water safety and safeguarding your home aquatic environment. 

5.   If your child is age 36 mos or younger, you will need to fill out the Sunday and early Monday portion on one of the Full BUDS sheets to bring to the first day of lessons. Just do your best with this and I will help you with it further when you come the first day. Please also bring the Poolside BUDS forms to me blank. I will already have these in your child's folder poolside but will gladly take these to have as extra copies.

**NOTE: If you are starting lessons and have not yet received your packet in the mail from ISR, please print one copy of the FULL BUDS and BUDS Instructions (links below).

6.   You will read in the PRB about the importance of your positive attitude and emotions with regard to lessons, so please keep in mind that your child is constantly observing you and taking his or her emotional cues from you. Maintaining a positive, supportive attitude throughout your child’s ISR lessons will have a big impact on your child's ISR lesson experience! If you have a question or a concern regarding lessons, please feel free to contact me at any time. I make every effort to discuss your child's progress at the end of each lesson, but if you would like to speak with me privately, please send me an email and we can arrange to speak by phone later in the day.

7.   Please be sure to read the "Lesson Guidelines" document especially carefully to ensure your child's lesson experience is a great one! You can find this document below. My goal is for each child to have a smooth and enjoyable learning experience, and parents play a very big role in ensuring that the child's experience at the pool is a positive one!

Things to bring with you the first day of lessons:

  • TWO swim diapers; preferably 2 cloth or one cloth over top of a disposable Little Swimmer diaper
  • THREE towels (refer to Lesson Guidelines doc below and PRB for reasons on why 3 towels)
  • Signed REGISTRATION FORM and any other attachments sent by the Reg. team via email
  • FULL BUDS form started the day prior to lessons (if your child is 36 mos. or less in age or otherwise specified by the Registration Team) and Poolside BUDS if you have received these.
  • Initialed and signed Lesson Guidelines form.

***SUGGESTION:  Provided your child has already had a bowel movement before lessons, you can bring your child dressed in their swim diapers and put a regular diaper over top of all of that in case the swim diapers leak urine on your ride to the pool.  It is okay if the child has a little urine in their swim diapers when they enter the pool.  This helps to decrease the anxiety of having to dress them when you arrive.

Diet is an important aspect of your child’s ISR Lesson Experience. Your child should not eat or drink at least 1 and 1⁄2 hours prior to lessons. Your child should also not eat or drink milk or consume any dairy products within 2 hours prior to their lesson time slot (breastmilk is not considered dairy but still subject to 1-1/2 hr rule). In addition, infants and toddlers should avoid apple products throughout the duration of their ISR Lessons. Apple products are high in fiber, which can cause gas and bloating that will make the floating and swimming maneuvers practiced during ISR lessons much more difficult.

If at any time you need to reach me, you may text or call me at 239-267-7495. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this information so that you can be prepared for your child’s first day of lessons.  I know it is a lot of information to take in, but there is a reason that ISR is the safest provider of survival swimming lessons.  We at ISR truly care that each child has a safe lesson every lesson.  

As a parent myself (and a former swim parent who was once in your shoes poolside), I believe in communicating everything clearly to my swim parents so that you have all of your questions answered up front.  Your child’s success in lessons is of utmost importance to me, and I thank you for entrusting me with the amazing opportunity to teach them to be competent and confident swimmers and floaters!  I look forward to partnering with you in this endeavor!

Kathy Cole

Lesson Guidelines SCBV2018.pdf
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Lesson Guidelines 2018 Cole Home.pdf
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FULL BUDS 1F 1A 2017.pdf
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ISR BUDS Instructions
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ISR payment contract 2018.pdf
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