What some parents are saying...
Alicia Southern – 5 stars
Mrs. Darlene took my two uncooperative preschoolers and taught them to float. She was patient and gentle but she was confident and firm. She knew when to back off and when to push. She treated my children like family and loved them through this process. I was very hesitant at first to put my children in this program but watching my daughter float all over the pool because she now wants to makes me so happy. We will be continuing with maintenance and refresher lessons as their bodies and skills grow. If you are on the fence or wondering if it is worth the money, I can tell you that it was so worth it for our family. I feel more security knowing that my kids can float and SURVIVE if they need to and that they are on their way towards becoming proficient swimmers.
January Gunn George – 5 stars
First let me say Mrs. Darlene is amazing! Her love for teaching children to be safe in the water is incredible. She came highly recommended and I am so thankful that signed my two children up! My kids, ages 9 and 5, went 4 weeks, 3 to 4 times a week with only 10 minute lessons each time and were swimming within the first 2 weeks! She is so patient with kids and I feel so comfortable with them in the water now. Whereas before we hardly visited the pool out of my fear of something happening to them and them not knowing what to do! Now they love the water, know how to flip and float, swim and be safe around water! Best money and time spent! I highly recommend Darlene!
Vanessa Newhouse – 5 stars
Darlene is an amazing instructor; she was so patient and gentle with our 10 month old daughter. Most kids don't like to float but it's essential for self-rescue. Darlene worked with Raelin through the crying, calmed her, and taught her how to turn and float. It's scary and fascinating to watch! Totally worth the time commitment and money.
Blair Spellicy – 5 stars
Darlene was great with our Anna - we are so very glad that we decided to take the step and sign her up. Going to lessons everyday M-F for 10 minutes a day for 6 weeks sounded daunting for us with an 18 month old, but Anna actually enjoyed the structure, and I began to see that it's truly the only way that toddlers are able to learn the program. We started in April, and finished just in time for our neighborhood pool to open, I was able to go to the pool this weekend and not be completely on edge with a toddler, knowing that she has new skills to save her own life. I would highly recommend ISR lessons to all parents!
Kristen Banks Malinowski – 5 stars
Six weeks, 5 days a week, 10 minutes a day... sounds like a lot..... but it was the BEST time and money we have EVER spent to know that our two year old now has skills that might help save his life one day... and skills that will help him have a good foundation for life in the water..Darlene is awesome.. results are a-mazing! It's refreshing to see someone as passionate about their cause as Darlene is... we love safeswimnc and 'miss Darlene'
Heather Levinson – 5 stars
We started ISR when my daughter was 6 months old. I was very nervous and unsure about the time commitment and the drive (I live 20 minutes away). Tomorrow my daughter "graduates" from ISR and all I can say is WOW. It was worth every dollar spent and every minute we were in the car. The survival skills my daughter learned in just four weeks of lessons have me in awe. We will definitely be recommending Safe Swim to all our friends and we will be back for continuing lessons as our little one grows!
John Cox – 5 stars
My 8 year old step-daughter was so scared to learn how to swim but loves the water. After several years of trying to teach her, we finally checked on Darlene's Safe Swim NC and signed her up that day after reading what she does and the reviews that she had received. Plus, the cost is a cost that you cannot argue with. We were afraid it would be very expensive but that was far from the case.
Darlene had an opening that same day I signed her up and off we go. She is VERY patient and has the unique way of working with kids to get their confidence up. She got our daughter to do things on day one that we couldn't get her to do in 3 years. THAT should say something for what kind of lady Darlene is. We are SO thankful for her and providing this service. I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed and most of all, it builds the child's self esteem, confidence and they are proud of their accomplishments and progression. If you have a little one or even a child up in age, and they love the water, you could be doing them a disservice by not taking advantage of Darlene's Lessons. But most of all, you could be saving their life. Thank you Darlene.
You are the best. John and Sheena Cox
Patricia Van Dover – 5 stars
ISR is the best program to enroll your young children in, you can start your children in the program starting at 6 months old. I started my daughter Faith when she was 18 months old and now she has already learned American Red Cross lessons with Darlene Haskins. I don't have to fear with my daughter Faith in the water now but always watch your children in the water no matter what, even if they are very experienced swimmers. She has learned swimming strokes, diving and jumping in the water, also learning how to breath under the water and also using goggles underneath the water. My daughter Daniella started ISR at 16 months old and is now 2 years old and jumping in the water also and is doing wonderful with her lessons with Darlene. Recommend it highly A++++++++++++++++++++ rating for ISR swim lessons
Jade Hoots – 5 stars
Best decision on time and money that I invested in my child's life to know that she can save herself if put in the situation... Thanks Darlene and ISR!!!
Kimberly Burchette - 5 stars
My son took ISR, and my 9 month old just finished ISR also. Darlene is an amazing instructor, and I would highly recommend any parent to have their children do this!
Lanie Bemis – 5 stars
We started ISR when my daughter was 19 months. Darlene was an amazing teacher and I couldn't believe how quickly my daughter caught on. It is one of the coolest things you will see your baby/kid do and also one of the smartest things too. Never once did I worry about her safely or question what was going on. I highly recommend ISR with Darlene Haskins to everyone.
Brittney Browder - 5 stars
I'm so thankful ISR was offered in our area and couldn't ask for a better instructor. Darlene is patient, friendly, very knowledgeable, she takes her time answering any questions you may have. My son started his 4 week session 2 weeks before his first birthday. He is more confident being in the water. In his 3 weeks he has learned so much. Yes they cry, they want out, not because of Darlene, because she is pushing them to learn new skills and do the best they can. Putting my son in these classes is one of the best decisions that I have made and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity. You will not be disappointed in the class or in Darlene and you'll be given your child life saving skills. Thank you Darlene! I know my son if safer in the water because of you and the ISR program.
Brittany Kelly - 5 stars
Darlene is an amazing instructor! I have seen my daughter's confidence go up so much in these past 6 weeks! I'm so happy I heard about this class and that it was offered in kernersville, I had to get my daughter in it right away!!!
Heather Scott- 5 stars
I'm happy to speak to any parent/caretaker that's interested in enrolling their child in ISR training! It's honestly the best thing I've ever done for my kids! We are going into week 4 of training and I'm thrilled at the progress they've made so far. Yes, they still cry, but not because of Darlene, but because they're being pushed to do something they aren't comfortable doing. Yes, it's hard to watch, but not because I don't think Darlene is capable, but because it's hard to watch your child scream and cry for "mommy". I'm here to tell you that they ARE learning despite the tears! This is absolutely the best decision I ever made and I couldn't be more thankful to Darlene for teaching my children the most important life saving skill they could ever learn!! Darlene is gentle, loving, caring and extremely patient with my babies!!! If you are hesitant at ALL, please don't be. We are so lucky to have her in this area! Please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding my experience.
Melissa Kim — 5 stars
Darlene is an amazing instructor and I'm so thankful this program is offered in our area. Not only did my son learn to swim but his confidence increased as well in only four weeks! You will not be disappointed!
Pippa Cochran — 5 stars
ISR is a very tedious process in which Darlene first develops a trusting relationship with your child so she can help them build the necessary survival skills in the water and leads to the child gaining the confidence he or she needs to perfect those skills. She is very patient and compassionate throughout the process. We think Darlene is very special and we are so pleased with the survival skills both our 9 month old and 3 year old learned from her knowledge and expertise in Infant Swim And Rescue!
Melissa Asbury — 5 stars
Last week while we were at the beach, harper was playing on the stairs in the pool just as she had for the few days before. My husband and I were both watching her less than two feet away. He was playing with our older kids and I looked away for about 5 seconds when my phone jingled. When I looked back up, I immediately realized harper had gotten in front of the jet on the stair and lost her balance, it pushed her off of the stair and about 3 feet out into the 4ft deep. My husband happened to glance over at the same time and I screamed and he lunged in after her. Harper was calm as she could be and wasn't making a sound, she had a terrified look on her face but she was doing exactly what she had been taught to do, she was floating on her back!! Four weeks before our trip, after MUCH hesitation and back and forth, I made the decision to enroll her in ISR ( infant swim.. Life saving skills ). I was really nervous about enrolling her. I wondered if I was putting her in danger, did I trust the instructor? My biggest fear was that she would dry drown. After the first few lessons, all my fears were put to rest and I was seeing the progress she was making! I am confident that had she not been taking ISR lessons, she could have drown. I am eternally grateful to her amazing instructor Darlene Haskins -ISR of Kernersville for teaching my baby girl the skills she needs to prevent her from drowning! Local mommy friends, if you haven't heard of or have been on the fence about ISR... Do it!! I can't sing enough praises about our experience!
Ashley Ortiz - 5 Stars
Miss Darlene is amazing. She is flexible, patient and incredible at her job. Although the initial lessons are a time commitment they are beyond worth it. My toddler daughter, in six short weeks, gained skills that could save her life. My daughter loves the water and because of ISR she can safely enjoy it all year round!
Tiffany Ramos — 5 stars
Can't say enough good things about ISR! And Darlene is wonderful! So patient and sweet with our 2 kids. If you live in Kernersville, sign up. You won't be disappointed! If you don't, find an ISR instructor near you!
Misty Deal — 5 stars
This was the Best Thing and Easiest Decision I could have ever made for my 10 Month Old. What a Great Opportunity to give your Child and Help Save their Life. Darlene Haskins was so Patient and Kind and Loving towards my Son. She was Born to Teach this. Thank you God for all that are Involved in this Program and Life Saving Skills :)
Sara Hiatt — 5 stars
I love Darlene and her ISR program. I had a fearless 16 month child and sought out a program that would actually teach her to swim. ISR is not the traditional "mommy and me" class where you carry them around and blow air in their face. ISR gives them actual floating and swimming skills. Darlene is full of patience and passion for her work. This was evident after seeing her work with my daughter every day for 6 weeks.
Kody Lopez — 5 stars
Great program and awesome teacher!
April Carter — 5 stars
AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!! We're so glad that we put our son in ISR lessons. It's one of the best decisions we've ever made. Darlene is excellent and the best instructor we could've asked for. She is so patient and genuinely cares for her students. We can't say enough good things about it and we tell everyone we know or meet. As soon as our youngest can sit up on his own, you better believe we're signing him up.
Sonya Hobson – 5 Stars
We are so thankful for Darlene Haskins teaching our two children ISR survival lessons! They are swimming like little fish now. Darlene was so patient and kind with them, she goes at their level, we couldn't be happier!!! We suggest signing up now so your child(ren) are safe in the water!!!
Lanie Bemis – 5 stars
After years of lessons at different places, I finally found the two best swim teachers around! My daughters, ages 5 and 8, have learned so much from Darlene and Ryen Haskins. I paid for private lessons for my girls last year and even after some progress, my 5 year old still wouldn't get off the pool stairs all summer long. I no longer have that problem. Swimming, floating, holding their breath without holding their nose and all this without any flotation devices. We are joining a pool this summer because I'm no longer afraid to bring my girls to the pool by myself. Finally a summer we won't be bored and hot!
Melissa Hahn - 5 stars
My daughter took swimming lessons at a different facility before we landed here with Darlene and Ryen. I can honestly say that by the end of 2 weeks, she learned more with Darlene and Ryen than she has compared to the previous facility! They definitely deliver results! I was so impressed, that i myself decided to take adult swimming lessons with them. I'm so glad i did!
Ashley Mayne – 5 stars
Darlene Haskins and her sons Ryen and Dylan operate very structured safety swim classes. There is room for free play as well as one-on-one with all 3 instructors. Darlene and her group are household names at our house, as my daughter Grace loves her weekly swim class! I would recommend these classes to anyone with little ones who frequent the pool in summer time or who just want extra added safety security around the pool. Just in 3 short weeks my child has gone from barely entering the pool without a flotation device ( which is a no-no ☺) to jumping in, off the edges of the pool and floating and swimming to wherever she wants in the water!! We ARC Safe Swim!!!
Brandi Lineberry - 5 stars
Very impressed! Our kids have learned an amazing amount - very quickly!!!! We are going to stick with it, for sure!!! Thank you all!
Tashina Spiher - 5 stars
Very pleased with the small classes, lots of 1:1 attention. My son is learning concrete swimming skills and how to be safe in the water. Excellent!
Alisha Webb - 5 stars
Darlene and Ryen are amazing. I have a child that is very fearful of the water. With their help he swims like a fish and we can't get him out of the water. Worth every penny.