My favorite student. There.... I said it

Kristine McCarren, DPT

Certified ISR Instructor, of ISR Seal Team Survival Swimming

In 2012, I saw a picture of my best friend's daughter swimming effortlessly underwater at only 18 months old. I was simply amazed. Upon researching ISR, and learning about the astounding statistics about drowning, I was determined to bring ISR to Long Island. I completed my training near Orlando, FL in the Spring of 2013 and since then, have taught over 300 children from Long Island to Connecticut how to Self-Rescue. Along with Melissa Larsen, I enjoy educating our local communities about drowning prevention through various events and media outlets. Throughout the years, I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on the Today Show and ABC NY with several if my ISR Colleagues and students.

Prior to my life as a mermaid, I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Ithaca College, and later returned to Long Island to graduate from Stony Brook University’s Doctoral of Physical Therapy program.

When on dry land, I enjoy spending time with my young daughter and husband, taking trips to new places, and exploring outdoors.

​Kristine teaches in Port Jefferson & Stony Brook.


Melissa Larsen

Certified ISR Instructor, of ISR Stars, Inc.

I found ISR when my first baby was a year old, and I wanted him to be able to be safe around the water. I came across a video on social media of an infant floating during their ISR lesson and I wanted THAT for my son. I found the only ISR instructor on Long Island at the time, Kristine McCarren, and signed him up immediately. I was working full time as an occupational therapist, his lessons were 45 minutes away from home, and I somehow made it work. It was worth every single moment, because at the end his session, he was completely independent in the water. I knew then and there that I was going to become certified to teach these skills to children. I was trained 6 months later in 2016 and now Kristine and I are working together to reach as many children in our communities to continue with our mission of "Not one more child drowns."

I am also an Occupational Therapist, with over 10 years of experience working in a variety of fields, with infants, school aged children, and the geriatric population.

I am outnumbered at home, with my husband, 2 little boys, and our dog, Charlie.

Melissa teaches at Hofstra University, Gold's Gym in Islip and in Hauppauge.