September 2010 Blog Posts (8)

MAHC: VGB x 1,000?

For the aquatics industry, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act confirmed the worst fears about government regulation: it was carelessly crafted, poorly communicated, arbitrarily enforced and blindly implemented. In the name of aquatic safety, it actually shut facilities down.

More than two years after its implementation, just the acronym, VGB, is enough to get a rise out of many aquatic professionals.

Little wonder that the latest federal effort is getting a… Continue

Added by Gary Thill on September 28, 2010 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Swim School Ideas

As we prepared to get nearly 100 second graders in the water yesterday, many of whom have NEVER been in the water before (believe it or not), I did something I wanted to share with you that you may enjoy. In fact, you may want to try it next time you have a large swim lessons group as it had every child engaged:

After dividing up the 100 swim lessons students into three time slots,…


Added by Jim Reiser on September 28, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Swim Lesson Toys

Do you incorporate the use of toys when you teach your swim lessons for kids? Swim Lesson Toys can certainly add a dynamic to your class that helps young children get extra excited about learning, and often even help redirect a child who may be scared or hesitant in the beginning. Nevertheless, when you teach swimming

lessons to children between three and five years old, I think it’s extremely important that the toys have a purpose. In other words, don’t…


Added by Jim Reiser on September 21, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Swim Lesson Songs

As the late and legendary TV host Fred Roger’s from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood wrote, “When you help a child enjoy music, you’re also helping a child develop learning skills, like listening, coordination, imagination, and memory.”

Swimming lessons too, are a great place to help a child enjoy music. I have always incorporated songs and music into my Parent & Me and Swim 101 classes, which you can get a free sneak preview of on my…


Added by Jim Reiser on September 16, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

It's unofficially fall and that means it's time to ask that age old question "What did you do on your summer vacation?" Now I realize for many (most?) aquatics professionals, summer is the last time to take a vacation, but working on Aquatics International, my schedule is a little different. I visited three aquatics facilities last month and got a chance to check out first hand some of… Continue

Added by AIsrEditor on September 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Why variable speed is the only pump we use!

We use the Pentair Intelliflo and Intellipro pumps as the minimum standard on every project we build, and have been for years. The amazing thing is that we don't just spec these pumps for any one reason. It is

true that some reasons are more compelling or have more significance, but the

reality is, using this pump creates the most efficient, long lasting pool

plumbing system and the easiest filtered and chemically balanced pool; and that

is just the…


Added by Rick Chafey - Red Rock Pools on September 7, 2010 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Swim Lesson Techniques

When you are teaching any given swimming technique, your instructions

typically should focus your swim lesson students on a set of cues or buzzwords.

For example, you may say something like: “Here we go, I want to see you keep

your kick small and fast while during your side breathing.

Ready, go!”

Because your instructions or buzzwords emphasized “small and fast,” your feedback should then be congruent…


Added by Jim Reiser on September 5, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

who audits first?

Who Audits first?…


Added by Andrew Vaughan on September 1, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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