"Water Safety is at the very core of the ISA programme".
Water Safety is taught from lesson one and reinforced throughout every level of our programme both in our teaching approach and termly “Water Safety Check-out” week.
Our approach to water safety
Our swimmers and our Instructors build trusting relationships for learning to happen naturally in a comfortable environment.
We make our lessons interactive and fun with games, songs and variation to allow our swimmers to learn to enjoy the water in a safe way every time.
Water safety skills are repeated continuously and built upon throughout the programme so they always remain fresh in our swimmer’s minds.
What is a "Water Safety Check-out"?
Towards the end of every term, children are asked to bring some clothes and shoes to take part in a ‘Water Safety Check-Out’ while fully clothed. 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.
Your child will love having the opportunity to swim fully clothed! This fun “real-life” safety exercise allows them to experience navigation through the water with the added weight of shoes and clothing to simulate an accidental fall.
When will my child start having Water Safety Check-outs?
Children who have learnt the main ISA’s Key Sequence “Rollback-and-Float” of our Beginner Programme “Float like a Starfish”, will need to take part in a ‘Water Safety Check-Out’ while fully clothed.
Children on the Intermediate 2 programme “Swim like a Shark” will also practice jumping in the water and getting out of the pool by themselves. Children on the Advanced programme will also practice swimming in their clothes.
If your child isn’t yet ready to participate in the Water Safety Check Out, they will have their regular lesson with the experience of swimming fully clothed.
Why is this exercise so important?
This experience is good-practice in the event of a potential real-life situation and builds confidence and resilience as children learn that they are able to stay afloat, rest, relax and breathe in any depth of water. It also highlights any areas that the instructor needs to work on in future lessons.
You will be amazed how quickly all of our swimmers learn ISA’s Key Sequences and start moving safely, confidently and independently in the water!
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To help you and your child feel prepared, we’ve answered the most commonly asked questions. Please refer to our “help centre” at the main menu and find the “how is water safety taught in ISA lessons?” section to get more information.