I became an ISR Instructor in 2005 after my daughter completed the program at 18 months. I was so inspired by her abilities that I decided to join the organization myself. I wanted to share this gift with every child possible.
Growing up in Florida (I was born and raised in Jupiter, FL), water is unavoidable. I grew up going to the beach and boating at a very young age, and actually had a near-drowing incident myself in the ocean at age 8. This experience is another reason I saw the importance of ISR. It gives families the peace of mind so they can enjoy the water and not fear it.
After graduating from the University of Florida, I moved to Tampa, and once again was in a community surrounded with water. In Florida it is inevitable, so it is best to be prepared. Now as a mother of 2, I love spending my summers in the pool, at the beach, or boating with my family. Having a confidence in swimming at a young age has given them many positive experiences. Thanks to ISR, my children have never had any fear of water because they have been ISR Self-Rescue® skilled from an early age.
With the drownings that often occur in Florida, there is an urgent need to teach as many children as possible ISR’s Self-Rescue® skills. ISR’s mission is to see that “Not One More Child Drowns.” Every year I look forward to working toward that goal. I enjoy watching my students gain confidence in the water as they become skilled. My students amaze me still every day! Thank you for putting your trust in me.