Gem City Swim, LLC

Proud Provider of the

Infant Swimming Resource

Self-Rescue technique.


I am so incredibly thankful and humbled by this recognition. I could not have achieved it without each of my supporters. The establishment, growth, and achievements of my business in the Dayton Regions have far surpassed my dreams already. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Gem City Swim, and all the little faces and families I'll meet along the way. It is a pleasure to offer the Infant Swimming Resource program, and a joy to make it uniquely ISR with Gem City Swim.


To be a part of this inaugural was such an honor. As a parent, I recognize the massive amount of information and choices you have when choosing services for yourself, and activities for your family. Having experienced friends guide through their recommendations is something we can all appreciate.
THANK YOU to my clients, followers, and friends who find Gem City Swim as the Best Choice for Swimming Lessons, and continue to send new parents my way.
I am humbled by the amount of support you give me, and trust you have in me.


Infant Swimming Resource Lessons

The safest provider of survival swimming lessons for children 6 months to 6 years of age, since 1966.

ISR’s unique results are achieved through fully customized, safe and effective, one-on-one lessons with only your child and the Instructor in the water. What your child will learn, and the way he or she will learn it is what makes ISR so different from traditional swimming lessons. Always putting safety first, ISR emphasizes competence, which leads to confidence, and provides the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment in and around the water.

6 month olds

& pre-walkers:

Children ages 6-12 months old, and pre-walkers learn the

ISR Self-Rescue skill of rolling onto their backs to float, rest and breathe.

They learn to maintain this position until help arrives.

These students will return on a schedule prescribed by the Certifed Instructor to progress into the swim-float-swim sequence. 


Older, fully mobile children will learn the full ISR Self-Rescue sequence of swimming until they need air, rotating onto the back to float, then rolling back over to continue swimming.
ISR students are taught to repeat this sequence until they reach the safety of the steps, side of the pool, or the shoreline.
These students will return to refresh & maintain skills (ISR recommendation is every 6 months); as well as progress onto advanced skills such as stroke introduction, snorkel, and team conditioning (Gem City Swim specific offerings).


Sheila McCarrier

Certified Infant Swimming Resource Instructor

In 2012, as a new mom, going to school full time, and wrestling with my decision to leave the United States Air Force; I found a new path. I found a way to combine my passion for Prevention and Outreach, education in child psychology, experience in family advocacy, and love of adventure. After trying other programs, and researching water safety a little more- I enrolled my son into ISR lessons. What I discovered was a child-centered program, focused on empowering children and educating parents. I became a Certified Instructor in the same year and set out to combine my passions and education into a fulfilling career. Watching a child transform each day is a thrilling experience. Seeing families enjoy safe, and fun Summers and vacations is rewarding. Hearing a student used their self-rescue skills in an otherwise traumatic or deadly event, that is humbling. 
I wish that no student ever use these skills in an accident, but as the #1 accidental death of children under 4, we know accidents happen. Watching children isn't enough and impossible 24/7. We know layers of protection are critical but can fail or be broken down by quick and quiet children. The simplest of a misstep can put a child in the water unexpectedly. The difference in a traumatic moment, and getting right back to playing- is a trained child. It is my aim within the ISR program to empower children with the only layer of protection they are in charge of: The ISR self-rescue technique. 
This technique, along with the parent education and progression of the swim-float-swim method, allows for a foundation of life long skills; both in and out of the water. 
My love of adventure and exploring other cultures takes me around the World. That travel was what originally drew me to water safety as a priority when I realized water is everywhere, and children are drawn to it. I hope with these skills your children can also explore safely. 
I look forward to meeting you, and working with your child(ren) soon!


A few of my infant students at the end of their lessons. We begin with a calm float, then slowly and gently guide them through the progression of rolling back into it. In their final week, students perform already mastered skills in a progression of clothing.