June 2010 Blog Posts (7)

A Different Approach to Teaching Kids How to Swim

Two brothers, Luis and Juan, called us and said, "We'd love to learn to swim! Our mentor will send you a check." Luis and Juan are ages 16 and 10.

These two boys are first generation Americans. Their parents can't afford lessons for their kids. But Luis met Jim at his gym and asked if Jim could help him put together a fitness program for himself. The two got to talking. They became friends this past winter.

Jim noticed Juan outside the gym playing in the parking lot waiting… Continue

Added by Melon Dash on June 28, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Weighing In

It's official. According to an article posted last month on Coaster.net Knott's Soak City Waterpark in Buena Park, CA will weigh riders on it's Pacific Spin slide. According to the article this is in response to orders from Cal-OSHA which found that several incidents were caused by overweight rafts. It appears that the weighing will be done by group (not individuals).


Added by AIsrEditor on June 22, 2010 at 1:13pm — No Comments

What can Swim Teachers & Parents Learn from the late, legendary coach John Wooden?

There is so much we can learn from the late, legendary UCLA Basketball Coach

John Wooden. As a teacher, coach, and parent, I try to apply Coach

Wooden’s life lessons every day. I liked the 7 Point Creed so much I

had it printed on my competitive swimmer’s t-shirts some years ago.

Since his passing, I have pulled it out of the closet and I have been

wearing it frequently.

I loved his books, especially “They Call Me Coach” and…


Added by Jim Reiser on June 21, 2010 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Aquatic Treasures We Have Left Behind

Our heritage as Aquatic Professionals is so rich. For decades our industry has been working to improve water safety and the rescue techniques used to save people. But I often wonder, in our effort to simplify our training programs, make courses shorter, reduce rescue techeniques to a couple of simple methods (everything starts from the rear rescue) have we left behind a lot of great lifesaving techniques that can still be applicable today?

Don't get me wrong here, I love to…


Added by Jim Wheeler on June 11, 2010 at 8:46am — 9 Comments

What more can a good two-year old swimmer learn in a Parent & Me class?

Dear Teachers & Parents:

I received an email today with a VERY COMMON QUESTION from a parent who has a young two year old in our Parent & Me class who is doing wonderfully. However, and I think this happens often, there was a

misunderstanding that because of the progress the little one was

making, that continuing in the same class may be a waste of time. As

instructors and swim school owners, it is vital that we communicate…


Added by Jim Reiser on June 9, 2010 at 11:12am — No Comments

Heatsaver product

Has anyone tried this product or similar which is supposed to save heat loss in an outdoor pool. Pool is located in NE Pennsylvania We are being pitched by a commercial pool company to use it

Added by George Sichler on June 8, 2010 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Swim for a Cure!

Find out who rules the pool in a battle of the sexes that supports cancer research.

As proud sponsors of the Swim Challenge – a swimming event designed to raise funds for cancer research and in the process give one gender bragging rights – Aqua Sphere will donate $35,000 to be split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation (men) and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (women), but exactly how much goes to each will be determined by the cumulative hours swum by each… Continue

Added by Jacqueline Edelman on June 1, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

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