Safe Start History

Our History

Founded in 1966 by Dr. Harvey Barnett, ISR is now the global leader in the industry it pioneered: survival swimming for infants and young children. In 1999, the YMCA of Central Florida partnered with ISR through the generous support of Dr. Phillips Charities to create Safe Start. Today our mission “Not One More Child Drowns” is the foundation of everything we do. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under age 4. At Safe Start we believe that we can work towards changing these staggering statistics one child at a time.

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