Becky Bentz, Certified Instructor since 2008
I was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida on waterfront property on the St. John’s river. My family has always been involved in all water sports as well as fishing and boating. My home was 3 doors down from the Arlington YMCA where I began to swim before I can remember – around age 2 or 3.
My youngest son Brooks completed the ISR program at 16 months, and at the time, there were no instructors in South Carolina. I traveled to my hometown of Jacksonville to provide these life-saving skills to my son. It was at this time that I made the decision to become an ISR instructor. This has been so fulfilling to me because I am able to give families in the Charleston community the benefits of the most effective and safe Self-Rescue program available and therefore provide a new level of safety to children in an area surrounded by water.
Clint Avery, Certified Instructor since 2010
I became an ISR instructor in September, 2010. I became an instructor when my wife and I were looking for swimming survival lessons for our son and there was only one ISR instructor in the state of South Carolina, Becky Bentz. I've always wanted to make a difference in my community working with children and couldn't think of a better way than joining the ISR mission to teach aquatic Self-Rescue skills to children. I live in Hanahan and I will be teaching lessons from my home pool and other pools within my community. I look forward to reaching out to all families to make them aware of the urgency of water safety measures and self-rescue skillls for children.
Stephen Padgett, Certified Instructor since 2010
I was born and raised in Walterboro, S.C. and currently reside in Cottageville with my wife and two children. Being from the Lowcountry, I have always been in or around the water, from summer vacations at Edisto Beach to kneeboarding in the Edisto River.
We first learned of ISR on the Today Show after our first son was born. We then learned there were no instructors in the state of South Carolina. After our second son was born, my wife and I looked into ISR once again. At the time, we were living in Tennessee with a large lake in our back yard. We feared for the safety of our children as they became toddlers. The nearest instructor in the area was approximately 100 miles from our home. After moving back home to South Carolina, we researched ISR for the third time and were thankful to find Becky Bentz. After speaking to her, we learned that it would take several months to start lessons due to her waiting list. After talking to Becky and observing lessons, I decided to become an ISR Instructor. By adding more ISR instructors to the lowcountry, we are better able to reach out, serve, and promote water safety. "Knowledge is power" and with the skills received from ISR, we can make a difference in the lives and survival of our most important assets, our children. I hope to spread the word of ISR and make a difference in the families of our local communities. I will be teaching in the Walterboro, Summerville, Beaufort and Orangeburg areas.
Jody Mantie, Certified Instructor since 2008
My name is Jody King Mantie. My husband and I just relocated to Mount Pleasant after being born and raised in Connecticut. I have been an ISR instructor since 2008. I have always had a passion for health and wellness and spent many years teaching group fitness classes and personal training. This career, along with my husband's career as a firefighter has given me an understanding of the importance of being proactive when it comes to safety and health.
I had been educating adults about health and wellness for many years, and becoming an ISR instructor seemed like the next logical step for me. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a child roll over and float on his or her own for the first time.
My certifications include: ISR Instructor, CPR, AED, and First Aid.