I’m so thrilled to introduce local mom Alura Buckner, owner of Spicewood ISR!
Alura is a mom of two and a Spicewood local. She has the kindest heart and is so patient and understanding with every child she meets. As a mom of three littles 5 and under myself, these qualities are extremely important when it comes to water safety with the children. If your kids are already swim masters, I highly recommend getting to know Alura in the community. Check out some of her favorite things right here in the Lakeway area!
Tell us about your business and how long you have been in the area!
I own and operate Spicewood ISR. I am the only certified ISR swim instructor in Spicewood. Through my rigorous ISR Instructor certification, I was trained and tested in the areas of child psychology, physiology, anatomy, behavioral science, and early childhood development principles to provide the safest lessons possible for children.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. Drownings do not discriminate. They can happen to any family, in any body of water. ISR lessons provide your child with the tools they need to save themselves. I will teach your child to become an aquatic problem solver.
What are some of your favorite restaurants in the area? (Lakeway, Bee Cave, Spicewood, Steiner Ranch areas)
In Spicewood we love Opie’s, La Cabana Grill & Pizzeria Sorrelina.
In Bee Cave we love Simply Pho House & Mandolas
In Lakeway we love Sakura Sushi, Torchy’s & Hat Creek (fun spot for kiddos)
Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy here?
I love Orange Theory! I’ve been a member for over 5 years and I absolutely love the workouts. I took a break to have my second child earlier this year but I’m eager to get back! My family loves to partake in anything outdoors or on/by the water. We love to take the boat out on the lake, go hiking and visit local breweries and wineries.
What makes Spicewood ISR stand out to moms in the area?
The difference between ISR and most other swim programs is that ISR teaches children how to turn from a face down position to a float. This is a critical skill that children need to have in the water. Lessons can begin at 6 months old, as long as the child is sitting independently. All children initially learn breath control in the water and then from there the skills they are taught is dependent on age. Children 6-20 months will learn the correct floating posture as well as the skills to rollback to a float and maintain this position until help arrives. Older children learn those same skills as well as the correct horizontal swimming posture with their face in the water. They learn a swim-float-swim sequence, so they are also taught to flip back over and continue swimming to safety after resting in their float. ISR provides the safest swim lessons available to children. It provides littles with the confidence and competence to save themselves should an aquatic emergency arise. I am incredibly passionate about the work I do and absolutely love teaching little ones these lifesaving skills.
What advice do you have for moms that relates to swimming and infant water safety?
My advice for moms is to try and look past the fact that your child will probably cry during lessons. A crying baby is a breathing baby and they are most likely crying because it’s hard work! Typically, the crying subsides by week 2 of lessons but every child is different. Most people don’t realize that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children 5 years and under. Drownings do not discriminate. They happen to good families with loving parents. Placing your child in a puddle jumper greatly contributes to this statistic. It teaches children that they can be in the water in a vertical (drowning position). Then if they reach the water without their flotation device on, the outcome is often fatal. ISR lessons were invaluable to my family. I hope to bring more education and awareness to the community, so every child has the ability to receive lifesaving aquatic swim lessons.