Mission:

To provide self-rescue skills for children to flourish in and around water.

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FLOURISH

A state in which all aspects of a person's life are good.

The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard

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Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4

"For toddlers in Louisiana, the numbers are especially alarming.

The rate of drowning in the state is more than double the national figure". 

Welcome to Infant Swimming Resource Lessons with Patty Kehoe Strikmiller:

providing survival swimming lessons to the families of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Watching your child is not enough, nor are pool safety gates able to protect from every hazardous water situation. Arm your child with an extra layer of protection in the unfortunate event that supervision lapses - even momentarily - and he or she ends up in the water alone.
ISR Self-Rescue is the safest provider of infant and toddler survival swimming lessons worldwide. With more than 50 years of research and development behind ISR's Self-Rescue program, ISR Self-Rescue teaches each child survival skills in conjunction with basic swimming lessons that give them the competence required to safely enjoy the water. To date, ISR Instructors have delivered more than 8.5 million lessons and have saved more than 800 lives.
Please visit infantswim.com to learn more about ISR, the most comprehensive drowning prevention program in the world.
Layout of ISR Lessons:
  • Infant Swimming Resource's Self-Rescue  survival swimming program is a 4-6 week course, scheduled 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, for 10 minutes each day.
  • With a focus on safe, customized, one-on-one lessons by certified Instructors, ISR's survival swimming lessons emphasize health, ongoing program evaluations and parent education to deliver the most effective and safest results in the industry.
  • Children may begin lessons at 6 months of age until 6 years of age.
  • Lessons for 6-12 month old  focus on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives.
  • Lessons for children 1-6 years old  focus on teaching the swim - float - swim - survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.
  • Once the children are fully skilled they will practice ISR's survival techniques fully clothed during lessons. It is recommended that children complete refresher lessons to help their in-water skill level grow with their physical development.
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My Journey to Self-Rescue Lessons

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I'm a native of New Orleans, born and bred NOLA, the Crescent City defined and shaped by the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.  (Who Dat!). I grew up in a family where everything revolved around swimming, swimming pools, swim lessons and all things water. My family was involved in competitive swimming, recreational swimming, swimming camps, swimming schools, swim instruction, and promoting the sport of swimming locally, nationally and internationally.  My dad (Tommy Kehoe, Sr.) represented the United States as an Olympic judge in swimming for the ’72 Munich Olympics, served as the National AAU Swimming Chairman, and was the originator of the High School prep swimming league in New Orleans.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from UNO, Master’s degree from LSU (Geaux tigers!) and worked for Tulane University for 20 years (Roll Wave!).  My career at Tulane involved health research in the New Orleans Area elementary and middle schools (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, Tangipahoa).  Our Tulane team designed, implemented and evaluated strategies to promote healthier school environments and to teach healthier eating and physical activity behaviors for teachers and elementary and middle school students.  I’ve also had the opportunity to coach high school swimming and teach young children to enjoy swimming for over 30 years with various community partners including the YMCA, Jewish Community Center, and Ochsner Fitness Center.

In 2009, the landscape of my life changed forever.  My husband, Craig, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and together we began a completely new journey.  The new journey included chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplants, remission, and relapse. The journey did not explore the “whys” too deeply, but faced a continual challenge to trust God for strength and courage.  Cancer had the ability to destroy us, define us, or develop us and we were on the edge of all three throughout the journey. In 2015, Craig crossed the finish line of faith and was set free. My journey then involved finding and pursuing a new course direction for LIFE that involved all I had become.

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I teach self-rescue skills because it allows me to combine the love of all things water that I learned from my family with the love of life I experienced with Craig and to invest in the safety, health and well-being of children and families.  I’ve heard it said that 3-inches is the difference between life and death (face up or face down in the water). I believe ISR Self-Rescue skills will enable children and families to more fully experience a flourishing LIFE journey.

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