My son is fearless and has always had a love for water. I started him in regular swim lessons at just 6 months old at my gym. I wasn’t happy with the teaching that he received there so I moved him to a swim school. Again I didn’t feel like they were teaching him to survive, and as a parent that was what I was most concerned with. We tried 3 different swim programs by the time he was 2. A friend of mine sent me the link for ISR. The second I saw the Miles Video I knew this was the training I had spent 2 years looking for.
I am so thankful for the training that ISR and Tracy Herbst have given to my children. I can honestly say that it saved my son’s life and without it I would be in mourning. It was a beautiful spring day and our family got together for a cook out at my in-laws house. All of us were in the pool having a great time. When it was time to eat, I got my kids out of the pool, changed them into dry clothes and shoes and fed them dinner. After eating, my son who was almost 3 at the time wanted to go play on the playground with his 6 year old cousin. Unfortunately, to get to the playground the kids have to walk around the pool. I was standing about 10 yards from the pool and I watched both the boys walk out to the playground. I turned around to grab my dinner when I heard my father in law say “Courtney, Tyler is in the pool.” 30 seconds hadn’t even gone by from the time I watched them go around the corner till now. I looked at the pool and saw little ripples in the water, and then I saw Tyler. I didn’t hear a splash or anything. There he was fully clothed in a pull-up with shoes on, floating in the middle of the pool with a HUGE smile on his face. I honestly, didn’t know if I should smile or cry. I was so proud of him for floating, but so angry he had jumped in without an adult, but most of all so very thankful that he was ok. My kids love Ms. Tracy. It’s been almost 8 months since their last lesson and they still ask me to go swimming at Ms. Tracy’s house. Tracy started training my daughter when she was 8 months old and my son when he was 2. Friends and family who have seen my children swim and float are amazed at their abilities at such a young age. I tell Tracy all the time, she taught my children to survive in water and has saved their lives. Tyler proved it to be true that day. Courtney
Thank you so much for what you've given my children - they are strong, confident and love the water! Your patience, love and dedication for the kids is evident in their success. We are eternally grateful that we found you for ISR. The Wilsons
Recently we were staying at a friend's house and I took the children swimming.
Kolbe grabbed the net and was fishing out the leaves from the side of the pool. The pool was not a clean rectangle as ours, but had some design to its shape. I was picking up the baby, so had my back to the pool. All of a sudden the other kids started to scream, Kolbe had fallen in the pool. By the time I had turned around, he was on his back, floating up to the surface, he probably wasn't under for more than a few seconds.
It took my heart about 2 hours to stop racing!!! Thank you so much for what you do. It was amazing that he fell face down and knew to roll over.
I could not let the opportunity go by without thanking you for your work and dedication to teaching our beautiful children to roll over and float in the pool!
Tracy Our family is so grateful to you and all you have done for Quin and Casey. I couldn't find Casey for 2 minutes the other day at a family party. I am always very aware of what they are doing, especially in groups. I found her swimming in the pool alone! Unbelievable. We didn't know she could unlock and open the heavy door alone. If it weren't for you and the ISR method, who knows what would have happened that day. Grateful. Danielle
Tracy's no-nonsense approach allowed our 2 year old son to focus on learning the skill at hand. She instills confidence in the child, as well as the parent. Learning life-saving pool safety skills is a process. Tracy's methods took our child to where he can now swim, float and swim to the wall, and get out of the pool all by himself. This is a spectacular peace of mind for us! Henry continues with maintenance lessons once a week. He is always excited when "Miss Tracy" is coming over. We look forward to Tracy teaching swim safety to our infant daughter next year. Jenny and Dave
Tracy - you know how helpful your program was...and to think i almost didnt do it because i thought it would be too hard.... until we had a near drowning.....that certainly brought perspective...and you and your program brought us safety! I love what you do! Julia
Another Survival Story Just before Halloween, I was at a family dinner party. There were about 5 families there, with kids ranging from 3 1/2 to 9 1/2. While it was light out, the kids all ran around the back yard, which has an unfenced pool, playing tag and having a grand time. We fed them early and then they all gathered in the den to play Wii. The adults enjoyed dinner on the patio outside. Most people were coming and going through a set of French doors adjacent to where we were eating, and we had a clear view of the yard, but an obstructed view of the pool. No one thought anything of it, especially as it would appear that anyone who came outside would have to walk right past the adults en route to the yard... As far as we knew, all the kids were together inside the house - none of them had yet to emerge from the den...
The hostess and I got up after dessert and walked into the kitchen clearing plates, etc. All of a sudden we hear "mommy?", and turn around to see my son standing in the doorway, sopping wet. I asked what happened? "I fell in the pool" he responded.
Fully clothed. Chilly and dark outside. Cold water. He was ALL ALONE and NO ONE KNEW HE WAS OUT THERE.
We had NO clear visual line of sight to the pool, and didn't hear a thing even though we were out on the patio 10 yards away. It really was the perfect set up for an unspeakable tragedy. Somehow, he had come outside, unbeknownst to a soul, via another door and walked over to the pool to retrieve a toy. Again, the perfect set up.
How many other little kids, 1 week shy of their 4th birthday, would have walked away from that situation, let alone SWUM away?! Though Oliver did swim on the Club swim team this fall, and is obviously quite competent in the water, I am absolutely convinced that it was his ISR training that saved his life. I am so thankful to my friends who recommended us to ISR, particularly to Mary Kruljac and to you for training my kids - not to swim, but to survive.
Please feel free to share this story with whomever you think it would help - to encourage them to attend ISR, put up a pool fence or net, or hire a lifeguard.
Truly, we are blessed to have ISR in our lives and to have our son safe and sound because of it. AW