Sterling's Story

In Loving Memory of Sterling Carnes

Marla Carnes is a mother who lost her precious two-year-old son to drowning and decided to turn that terrible tragedy in her life into a way to help others. 

How you can help:

-       Spread the Word: Post the link and information on your Facebook, Twitter, and business websites. Distribute and display information about the ISR/CrossFit Kids Initiative in your box, business, or place of work.

-       Share your Contacts: There are so many areas of need with regard to drowning prevention: donated pool space to conduct lessons, qualified candidates to train as Instructors, outlets to display our water safety information, the more people who get involved the more children will be saved.


Give Back:

-       Make a donation: donations received will help provide ISR lessons to children who would otherwise not have had access to them.


About ISR Self-Rescue™ Lessons:

Founded in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), with it’s Self-Rescue™ program, is nationally recognized as the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. We recognize that parents need their children to feel comfortable in and around water.

ISR’s Self-Rescue 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 a 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.


If you were moved by Marla’s story and would like to contact her, please complete the form below.  

Contact Us

Jenna Dreyer
ISR-CrossFit Kids Project Coordinator
[email protected]