"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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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” at the main menu and find the “how is water safety taught in ISA lessons?” section to get more information.


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Beginner programme

Beginner float like a starfish

Intermediate 01 programme

Intermediate 01 swim like a dolphin