Cast Water Safety


I’m a big believer in the power of to-do lists. Well there’s a whole other level of list - whether we have it written down or it lives top of mind in our consciousness. That’s our list of things we as moms “must know”. Although that list can seem never-ending, there are always a handful that are a priority for us to be aware of — so we can be armed with the knowledge we need when we need it. Sadly, some of these things we learn have been through hearing of another mom’s heartbreak. And those moms who have survived the unimaginable along with moms-on-a-mission (like Liz who you’re about to meet again in this piece) reach out to companies to let them know about their personal concerns with product safety or about how these companies market to moms (and kids) in a way that’s not only irresponsible but potentially dangerous. Calls made and messages left all too often fall on deaf ears and letters or emails go unanswered. And that’s just one of the reasons why we at Joy of Mom needed to get behind this. Child water safety and drowning prevention is ONE OF THOSE THINGS we as moms must know about so we can properly protect our children. When we know better we do better. And as mama bears we’ll move mountains to do the best we can for our kids. And if companies who know better - aren’t doing better - then we all need to be that voice to take action and let moms know.

You met our friend Carol on a couple of our Livestreams and simply adored her as I do. Now, you’re about to get to know her amazing daughter, Liz. Liz is a mom of 2, a certified ISR instructor and the Founder of the CAST Water Safety Foundation. I was so moved by Liz’s story, mission, authenticity and beautiful heart that I couldn’t wait for our friends to get to know her and learn vital and life-saving truths about water safety. Fueled by personally experiencing ISR lessons, where her kids learned vitally important swim and self-rescue skills, Liz became a mom-on-a-mission, training and educating herself in drowning prevention and later founded the CAST Water Safety Foundation. If you’re interested in learning more, educating others, or pursuing self-rescue swim lessons for your children, my remarkable friend Liz and her partners are there for you. Please feel free to reach out to Liz and her team at Cast to learn more.

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Meet Liz Huber


Liz is an ISR parent of 2, a certified ISR instructor, and the Founder of the CAST Foundation. The Huber family’s experience with ISR goes well beyond the benefits of drowning prevention. Find Liz by phone or at the pool to learn how ISR has improved confidence and overall emotional and physical health for her small children.

View Liz’s blog post here!

The Foundation

The driving force behind the CAST Water Safety Foundation is to teach the live-saving ISR method to as many children as possible.

The CAST Water Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on expanding access to the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) method in the Chicagoland area. For over 50 years, ISR has been the method that gives your infant or child the skills and confidence they need to float, swim and self-rescue.

CAST Water Safety Foundation serves two main purposes:

The Foundation offers scholarships to aid in offsetting the cost of ISR swim lessons, with a focus on assisting children of teachers, first responders, nurses and military families. CAST also provides scholarship opportunities to families with low income and families living with special needs and disabilities. For more information on student scholarships, please click here.

The CAST Water Safety Foundation also assists in offsetting costs associated with training to become an ISR certified instructor. If you’re passionate about drowning prevention and teaching children how to be safe in the water, and would like to learn more about ISR’s training requirements, please visit ISR’s career page.

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Who doesn’t love to think about pools, beaches, sand toys and laughter? What many don’t consider is that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5, and the second leading cause of death for kids aged 5-14. Students who partake in the ISR program learn to swim, but also and more importantly, learn to independently roll onto their backs and float. These skills allow your child to have the potential to save their own life while they wait for help to arrive. There are over 800 documented cases of Infant Swimming Resource students who have used their skills to save their own lives in emergency situations. CAST Water Safety Foundation believes your child deserves the opportunity to learn these skills.

The statistics are horrifying, but they do not have to be. Drowning is PREVENTABLE, and each one of us can make a difference. To see how you can be a part of that difference, please visit CAST Water Safety.


The story behind aN ISR Mom

The CAST Water Safety Foundation has been instrumental in spreading the ISR method and has had a powerful impact on so many.

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