WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING ACADEMY
There's no safer hands to be in than our lifeguards, all of our swimming instructors have the latest credible and accepted qualifications, and they also have lifesaving certificates along with enhanced CRB disclosures recognised in the UK and Internationally. With over 12 years of experience in the swimming industry, we provide swimming lessons for students from as young as 6 months old.
If you are looking for the answer to you or your families swimming struggles? Look no further!
We are fully qualified to teach autistic, down syndrome children, babies as young as 6 months to fully grown adults thanks to our over 12 years of experience in different countries taking the best of the programs out there.
We highly encourage parents to come along, meet other families and watch some lessons before committing to courses. It is important to understand the SWIM-FLOAT-SWIM methodology is different from other swimming programs as it focuses on floating first. Come and watch how fantastic our students swim and float confidently and independently.
Parents are a secret ingredient to the process, it is so important a parent cheerleads them during the lessons. Positivity gives the child the confidence to overcome their individual obstacles.
During lessons a child will look to their parents for encouragement and a sense of achievement. So keep off the phone Dad!
Some of the younger students especially babies cry for the first few sessions. Understanding that crying is merely a way of communicating any number of things such as "I don't know this person holding me, mummy doesn't usually do this to me, this seems wrong"
but after they've stopped crying they think...
"this water is nice, I like splashing, look mummy I can float, I can do this on my own ha ha!"
We do our best to work around the child and the parents individual needs.
Some parents want their child to be pushed, some prefer a lighter approach, we always want the child to enjoy this swimming experience as well as their family.
Most parents learn a lot about their children that they didn’t know before. We love everything about what we do. Very nice experience to share between the child, the parents.
"We just want to help everyone to safely and confidently have fun in water. After all the water is a theme park of fun".
Meet Miguel, Co-Founder
A former full-time lifeguard, competitive swimmer and a proffessional swimming teacher, unnaturally Miguel started to swim when he was only 6 years old. It was a distraction from a rare back and skin condition he suffered with from birth...
At that time I was living in Madrid, Spain. My doctor advised my father to take me to the sea to bath and heal my skin. Every day my dad managed to keep in the cold sea by showing me all the sea horses and fish that hid under the sea weed. after many months, one day like a miracle my back and skin problem went away and I was left in love with water.
Persuing his aquatic passion Miguel did almost every possible swimming qualification until he found the final piece of the puzzle in the USA when he learnt SWIM-FLOAT-SWIM the only method where children learn from the age of 6 months how to be safe in the water. He believed this method may be the reason why USA takes all the medals at the Olympics.
In 2012 Miguel moved to the UK and founded ISA with Silvia with a commitment to making the water a safer place for swimmers and making sure no student EVER gets left behind!
“Safety is first, that’s why Swim-Float-Swim is so important to us."
UNSURE? COME AND SAY HELLO, MEET THE FAMILIES & SEE FOR YOURSELF
Meet Silvia, Co-Founder
She has a passion for water sports, physical activities and of course swimming since she was 4 years old, and has always loved the water and slides. However it wasn't always that way...
I remember my beginner swimming lessons being scary. We learnt in a big class. The instructor made us jump in at the deep end before we had properly learnt to float or swim. I remember those who struggled to learn were often left out of the fun activities. I don't think everyone even after many hours of lessons ever learnt how to confidently swim. Big swimming classes are not ideal for beginners. Unfortunately they are still very popular around Europe teaching outdated methods by which the instructor says "kick your legs like this" instead of adopting a hands on approach and giving the child the individual support they need.
Since 2012 she has been working for some important swimming companies in London teaching all kind of lessons including Parent & Baby lessons that do not offer lessons that actually teach babies how to be independent and swim. In 2014 she joined Miguel to set up ISA and later in the USA to become qualified instructors of the Swim-Float-Swim method in the UK.