Survival Float - 6 months +

Children learn to rotate onto their back to float from any submerged position. Your child will learn to rest and breathe and even call out for help while floating on their back until help arrives. A child who enrolls in our program as an infant will learn the correct posture for swimming early which will facilitate learning at the next level.


Swim-Float-Swim 1-5 years old

This is a modified freestyle swim that is age-appropriate for children 5 and younger. The survival float and swim-float-swim method will teach your child to swim face down with eyes open; roll on his or her back to float, rest and breathe when he or she needs air; and then flip over onto his or her stomach to continue swimming until he or she reaches the intended destination, be that the side of the pool or a supervising adult. This swim-float-swim sequence can be repeated as many times as is necessary.

SoCal Water Babies

SoCal Water Babies Swim Lessons

method was and decided to leave my career in marketing to teach lifesaving survival float and swim-float-swim lessons in my community. While visiting a swim family and host pool location in April 2009, we were outside admiring the garden when 16-month old Claire fell right in the pool. As her mommy, I wanted jump right in and “rescue” her but I knew she could rescue herself. She had not been in the water since her refresher lessons in November of the year before. The water was cold and she was in her pajamas but she rolled over, came right up to the surface and floated on her back. She squealed because of the cold but she was safe. 9 years and more than 1800 students

A proud provider of the survival swim method

Keep Your Child Safe

Give your child the competence, confidence and skills of water safety with the SoCal Water Babies program. The safest provider of survival swimming lessons for children 6 months to 6 years of age.

As a California native, I have always had a great love for the water. At a young age I water-skied every weekend in my home town of Lake Arrowhead. Later I worked as a lifeguard at the Arrowhead Beach Club. My husband and I have two young children. I had our first child; our daughter Claire, in 2007 and this is how I found Infant Swimming Resource. We, like many families in Riverside, had a pool in our backyard and I was aware of the drowning risk this presented to my child. My nearest ISR instructor was 40 minutes driving distance but I was determined to make the commitment to ensure my daughters safety. After completing lessons I realized how amazing this

later I still am choked up every time a baby rolls to their back for the first time because I know how life saving this skill can be. I have had many calls, emails and even a video of some of my past students using their roll back and floating skills.


Cathryn was trained by Infant Swimming Resource in 2008. Since then she has expanded on her original training and developed her own method based on her 1800+ students and the over 45,000 lessons she has personally delivered to student 5 and younger. SoCal Water Babies and Cathryn Van Der Linden's track record speaks for itself: all of her past students have been able to complete the rollback to float sequence and none of her past students have experienced an in-water incident that resulted in injury or drowning.