JAMIE BERGER

CAST Water Safety Foundation Assistant Director

Jamie Berger

My ISR Story:

I grew up as a competitive swimmer and knew when I had kids one day, I wanted to do something different. The traditional swim lessons just did not quite make sense to me. I grew up on lakes and open water and knew we needed something different.

Once I was pregnant my official search began. I then came across ISR and felt this is exactly what we needed. Fast forward to Addie about 8 months old we were ready for our first session!

We made the decision as a family to commit to 10-minute lessons, 5 days per week, for 6 weeks, 35 minutes away from our house. Our friends and family thought we were nuts!

But day by day and week by week we saw so much progress. Finally, after Addie cried every lesson for 3 weeks straight her skills clicked in! She was floating! She was confident enough in her buoyancy and the skills her instructor gave her.

This is the first time in Addie’s life I experienced a profound proudness. Sitting up, crawling, and walking are all amazing milestones. But, seeing your child self-rescue and float independently for a few minutes is a feeling I will ALWAYS remember. And honestly, something I never want to forget. I want to share this feeling with everyone!

Fast forward again, I was finally honest with myself and everyone around me. I NEED to be doing this.

If 2020 has taught me anything it was how I want to be spending my days. And that is providing ISR self-rescue skills to families in the communities around me. I want everyone to experience what my husband and I did looking at our baby saving herself. I want to share that moment of excitement and proudness with other families!

So, I am officially leaving my comfy corporate job to get back in the water. My life had officially come full circle and I cannot be more excited.

Community:

Community over competition is something I love to bring into my life. As we have expanded our family; communities and small businesses are a focus for us. I love talking with people to understand how they have gotten to where they are today and knowing the story behind the doors of the places we eat, shop, or socialize brings me much joy.

Before CAST:

Senior Commercial Project Manager at Stericycle 2016-2021
Veterinary Technician 2012 – 2016

Family: Mommy to Adalynn Maye (2) and married to Jamison.

For fun: Outside of sharing my passion with anyone who wants to listen, I enjoy Spending time with my family and close friends. I love building friendships and sharing common values with those around me. While it is not always easy, I try to be the positive presence in any room. I also love hot yoga, visiting family in the mountains, horseback riding, and reading.

Quotes to live by:
Build a life you do not need a vacation from.
Each day you must decide. Will you give up, give in, or give it your all?
Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.