What are the ISA's Key Sequences and why are they so important?

Learning the three main ISA’ Key Sequences: Rollback-and-Float, Kick-Float-Kick (Guided) and Kick-Float-Kick (Independent) in the Beginner and Intermediate Levels, your child is equipped with the best skills possible to learn how to swim traditional strokes when they progress to the Advanced Level.

ISA's Key Sequences video overview

"ISA’s Key Sequences form the foundation from which your child learns to become a safe, confident and independent swimmer"


This sequence is the main outcome of our Beginner Programme “Float like a Starfish”. It teaches your child how to navigate themselves into a safe back-floating position from anywhere in the water. This means that if there were an accidental fall into a swimming pool (for example) your child would instinctively know how to move themselves into a floating position where they can rest, breathe and wait for help. We regularly use this ‘safe resting position’ with your child throughout all of the programme levels.

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!). We like to call this our Fun Water Safety Check-Out.

Kick-Float-Kick (Guided)

This sequence is the main outcome of our Intermediate 1 Programme “Swim like a Dolphin”. It is added onto the rollback-and-float sequence once this first sequence has been mastered.

Your child learns how to swim through the water face-down, using their kicking action and, with the instructor’s guidance, pauses to rollback-and-float, take a breath and rest on their back before turning over and moving through the water using their kicking action again.

Kick-Float-Kick (Independent)

This sequence is the main outcome of our Intermediate 2 Programme “Swim like a Shark”. It is mastered once the instructor no longer needs to give guidance to your child, meaning that they are now in control of their own rest and breathing and can swim longer distances building on strength and stamina.

Why do we teach Kick-Float-Kick?

The “Kick-Float-Kick” sequence equips your child to move through the water, learning breath control and understand that in order to take a breath they need to turn and rest on their back before turning face down and using their kicking action to move through the water. It also means that they will be able to reach the safety of the steps or the side of a pool if there were an accidental fall.

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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


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