Beginner Level "Float like a Starfish"

Main Outcome - ISA Key Sequence 1: Rollback-and-float


“Float like a Starfish” focuses on your child building a relationship with the Instructor, developing water confidence and ultimately mastering the ISA Key Sequence 1 “Rollback-and-Float”. Along the way, your child will learn through play with age-appropriate toys, by playing games with the Instructor and for the younger swimmers, singing songs.

What your child will learn

Breath control

Your child will be in control of their own breathing to master underwater swimming and stable back floating.


Your child will be in control of their own rest after mastering how to turn and float on their back in any depth of water.


Your child will have the opportunity to experience “real-life” safety exercises while wearing clothes and shoes.

Where the adventure begins

All new swimmers who join us not yet able to “Rollback-and-float” fully clothed will begin at the Beginner level and work their way up through the other levels, regardless of their developmental age or abilities. How quickly your child moves through the levels depends on your child’s developmental age and each individual will progress at their own rate. 

Water safety is the foundation

Towards the end of every term, all children are asked to bring some clothes and shoes to swim in (or even a fancy dress costume if they feel like adding some extra fun!). This provides them with the opportunity to practice their water safety skills and experience how it feels to navigate their way in the water to “rollback-and-float” into a resting and breathing position with the added weight of shoes and clothing. Find out more about this exercise below.

We cater to your child's needs

While our programme is suitable for all ages and abilities, lessons will progress at a pace suitable for each individual. Lessons may look slightly different as we cater to your child’s developmental age and needs. Lessons are usually delivered as a 1:1- your child in the water with the instructor.

What are you looking for?

Babies & Toddlers

"Where the Adventure Begins"

Special & Additional Needs

"We don't leave anyone behind"

Water Safety Check-out

"A fun real-life safety exercise"

How long it will take for my child to learn?

How quickly your child moves through the levels depends on your child’s developmental age and abilities. Each individual will progress at their own pace.

Babies up to 12 months

Toddlers up to 3 year-old

Children aged 3 years +

*Please note: this is an approximation based on regular attendance of one short 10-minute lesson per week, depending on the child’s developmental age, abilities and their consistency in attendance. You can tailor your child’s lesson length following a 10-minute slot increment charge; e.g. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes etc. In a 20 or 30 minute 1:1 ISA lesson, there is more time for building up a relationship with the instructor, play and accelerated learning. 

Watch this video to see how to learn "Rollback-and-float"

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Read what our families think

Silvia & Miguel,

Words cannot express my gratitude to the both of you for the excellent work you have done for Noah.
He changed from a boy who hated water on his face and eyes to one who can swim powerfully across the pool, with different techniques in his repertoire and with confidence too.

Thank you so much for your patience and firmness.

Rose and son Noah



This programme is a very valuable service to have, especially for children of special needs that can not take part in mainstream swimming classes. The level of immersion works really well in combination with the care and sensitivity they have for all the children. This method of teaching shows that anyone can learn to swim, no matter what age or ability!


Tracey and son Isaiah


We are absolutely thrilled with JJ's progress with ISA!

JJ had done a lot of the programme while in Australia but we couldn't find a good swimming school in the UK. So it had been 2 years since his last lesson when he started with ISA. He was very scared of water at the beginning and he used to cling to his instructor... Seeing him, after just one term, floating, swimming and looking forwards to coming to swimming lessons is remarkable! Thank you!

Danielle and son Jeffrey


To the ISA team,

William and Finn were camping with their dad in Cornwall last weekend. Chris just texted to say that William was climbing on some rocks by the water, slipped and accidentally, he fell into the water. Immediately rolled onto his back, starfish! then, onto his front and kicked to the shore. He is ok.


What would we do without ISA?

Caroline and son William


We have been with ISA over a year now and cannot praise the teachers enough! 

Our 2 boys have had lessons with all four different teachers who have all been equally caring and firm when required. The technique itself is also very unique with the emphasis on floating early on which gives parents the peace of mind around pools on holidays. The boys now love coming back for lessons and are very comfortable in the water.


Anis and sons Selim & Sami


We are very happy!

It is always easy to speak to the team with questions, concerns or suggestions and we always get a quick and suitable response...! I was very impressed watching the instructor in-house training to understand more details about your approach.



Linda and daughter Sofia


Looking for more information?

To help you and your child feel prepared, we’ve answered the most commonly asked questions. Please refer to our “HELP CENTRE” and see “more about our lessons” for more information.

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Programme overview

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