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Meet Your Instructors

Every certified ISR Instructor undergoes 8 weeks of intensive and rigorous training, consisting of academic learning as well as hands on in-water training. Each Instructor is also required to go through a recertification process each year. All instructors must maintain active CPR and First Aid certification.

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Julia Buddie


Instagram: juliabuddieisr

Facebook: Julia Buddie ISR

Julia teaches in Amherst and surrounding areas. Julia became a certified ISR instructor in 2015 after her oldest daughter, Stella went through the program. Her favorite part of teaching ISR is giving her students confidence in the water and building relationships with each family she meets.



Julie Byrnes


Julie teaches primarily in Seven Hills and does private in-home lessons in Westlake and surrounding areas. Julie became a certified ISR instructor in 2020 after her oldest daughter Adalyn went through the program. After working as a nurse for 15 years, she decided to help people in a different way and trained to become an ISR instructor. Her favorite part of teaching ISR is watching kids develop skills and confidence throughout their sessions.


Emily teaches in Amherst and surrounding areas

Emily became a certified ISR instructor in 2021 after learning about ISR through the advocacy of Nicole Hughes, a mom who lost her 3 year old son to drowning. Her favorite part of teaching ISR is seeing how much progress her students make and how confident they become. Her daughter went through the ISR program with Julia Buddie at 8 months old.



Kelsey Schultz


Instagram: kelseyswim_isr

Kelsey teaches in Strongsville. Kelsey became a certified instructor in 2023 after her daughter went through the program both as a floater and a swim-float-swim student. Before becoming a mom, she helped adults learn how to live a healthy balanced life as a certified personal training and macro coach. Since having her daughter, she has formed a new passion for teaching young children these lifesaving skills. Her favorite part of ISR is watching the child's confidence grow both in and out of the water because of what they accomplish in lessons.



Eric Johnston


Instagram: SwimWithEric_isr

Eric completed his ISR instructor certification in March of 2024. He lives in Avon and plans to teach in Avon and the surrounding areas of west side Cleveland. Eric is retired from Education, serving the special needs population for 22 years. His two daughters, Elle (10) and Evelyn (15mo) both went through the ISR program with Julia Buddie, who was a huge inspiration in becoming an ISR Instructor. Eric is looking forward to continuing to educate children, just in a different environment, and making sure that #NotOneMoreChildDrowns.

Instructors: Testimonials
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