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ISR Philadelphia in the News

  • NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, July 4, 2014
    Featuring four ISR Philadelphia students: 8 month old Quinn, fully skilled in Rollback-to-Float in street clothing; Lukas, age 4, a graduate, and his sister Kylie, 18 months, finishing up her lessons; and Luca, 23 months, fully skilled and swimming in fall clothes.

  • NBC's Today Show with Jenna Wolfe in New York, June 26, 2014
    'Self-rescue' program teaches tots to survive in water. Featuring ISR Philadelphia students and parents sharing what they've learned.

  • Survival Training Meets Six-Month-Olds In The Pool, Philadelphia's KYW News Radio 1060, June 27, 2014
    Reporter Ian Bush interviews instructor Barb Gorman and her clients about ISR.


  • Survival Swimming Lessons for Babies: Possibly the most important class you could ever sign up for, Wee Wander, a parent's guide to navigating philadelphia, March 12, 2014
    "Speaking of tiny swim trunks: Now that warm weather is upon us (WHAT. IT IS. STOP SAYING SNOW.), you might be interested in checking out the amazing survival swim instruction offered by the Infant Swimming Resource of Philadelphia. The classes aren't your usual intro-to-water type of swim classes..."

  • Kids who swim are better at everything - almost, MSN Now, December 12, 2012
    "It's no surprise that little swimmers walk, run and hop earlier than their nonswimming friends, but the shocker is that the tadpoles outsmart their landlubber peers in intellectual pursuits like language and counting, according to researchers at Australia's Griffith University."

  • Water Survival, The Intelligencer, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, August 29, 2010
    Infant Swimming Resource is an innovative educational program that teaches self-rescue skills to kids 6 months to 6 years old. "It's not an instead-of. It's an in-addition-to," says Barbara Gorman of Infant Swimming Resource, as her 7 month old daughter practices her float. It doesn't mean it's your child's responsibility to save themselves, but it's an added measure of safety, like seatbelts."

  • Can Your Toddler Float?,, New Jersey, June 24, 2009
    The best hope to prevent toddlers from drowning might be the toddlers themselves. That's the idea behind a program aimed at teaching swimming skills to the youngest of children. "They maybe can't crawl or walk or talk, but if they can manipulate their legs, they can stay afloat," said Barbara Gorman, an instructor demonstrating the technique Tuesday at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Life Center.

  • Infant Swimming Resource NBC Atlantic City Coverage, Egg Harbor Twp., News Channel 40 NBC, June 23, 2009
    Summer's here and you know what that means, plenty of time to take a dip in the pool. But for babies and young children who don't know how to swim, the pool can be dangerous and even deadly. As a way to prevent accidental drowning, a program is now being offered locally that teaches babies the skills necessary to save their own life.

  • Teaching Babies How to Get Out of Trouble in Water, ACTION NEWS, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23, 2009
    Every years, about 300 children drown in swimming pools, and another 2,000 have to be hospitalized. In hopes of cutting that number, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is offering infant and toddler self-rescue lessons this summer. The classes are being offered in conjunction with the Infant Swimming Resource Program. AtlantiCare is believed to be the first hospital or healthcare organization in the country to offer the program.

  • Drowning Prevention Tips for Kids, Health with Dr. Manny Alvarez on FOX 5 News, New York, June 3, 2009
    With summer right around the corner, a lot of families will be going out to the beach or the pool. The question now: how young is too young to teach your children how to swim? "It's really never too young to learn how to swim. I found one program that is teaching kids younger than a year old how to learn to take things that could one day save their lives," says Dr. Manny Alvarez.

  • The Penn-Jersey Chapter of the NorthEast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) Makes Significant Grant to the ISR Community of Caring, October, 2008
    The grant will sponsor and scholarship ISR lessons for families who are in need of lessons in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region of the United States.... Pete Lucey, a Director on the Penn Jersey Board, is giving Dr. Harvey Barnett and ISR Instructor Barbara Gorman a check from Penn-Jersey in the amount of $2,000 to be used for scholarships for ISR students who live in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

  • Swimming to Safety, CBS 3 News, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 26, 2008.
    Opening the pool is a Memorial Day tradition, and it comes with a responsibility: keep the little ones safe. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of injury related deaths among children. But now a special class teaches infants and toddlers how to stay afloat or even swim to safety.

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