October 2009 Blog Posts (12)

Tips to Teaching the Butterfly

If you would like a creative way to teach Butterfly to young children (ages 4 – 12), this article is for you! Jim Reiser, “The Swim Professor,” will share a few creative, and easy steps from his brand new DVD on teaching butterfly to get you started.

Try this:

1. Have your young student(s) lay on their stomach on the deck. Their arms should be at their sides, thumbs… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on October 30, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Baby Swimming to Butterfly

I just submitted my final edit on Teaching Babies Better to my editor. If you already ordered your “Teaching Babies Better” DVD, I should be able to ship it out sometime late next week! Of course the video is now available at Swim Lessons University, my online library of instructional swimming videos, www.swimlessonsuniversity.com

For those of you who have been asking about when my Learn to Swim Butterfly DVD would be produced, the… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on October 29, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments


The United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition (USLSC) Draft Consensus Recommendations and Scientific Review Forms are now posted for public comment through December 12, 2009. The public comment period provides an opportunity for representatives of organizations that set regulations, standards, or practice guidelines in lifeguarding, as well as anyone who has an interest, to react to the science review and provide comments for consideration.

To view the USLSC Draft Consensus… Continue

Added by Mike Espino on October 28, 2009 at 6:34am — No Comments

Washington Swim Teacher Thanks “The Swim Professor” and Shares Some Cool Ideas of Her Own!

Dear Swim Professor,

Thanks for checking in. I was thinking about emailing you on our progress. My first three students all wanted private swim lessons and the first child (a nine year old boy who did not know how to swim at all) was doing freestyle with side breathing on the third lesson. I have decided to give the parents the option of once or twice per week because I really want the kids to learn to swim. Most choose twice per week and the kiddos are learning very quickly. I have… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on October 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

CPSC Public Meeting Concerning Unblockable Drain Covers

There are many public pool facilities that have not replaced their existing drain covers, as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (VGB Act). The reason: the size of the drain cover. Large covers commonly referred to as unblockable covers. The ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 indentifies unblockable as 18” X 23” or 29” diagonal measure or larger. The CPSC clouded the issue of unblockable covers in their staff draft technical guide.

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff (“CPSC staff”… Continue

Added by Pool Safety Consultants on October 25, 2009 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Is Your Swim School Saving Time & Money with Online Registration?

Is Your Swim School Saving Time & Money with an Online Registration Program?


1. Are you SAVING money (and time) because of your online registration program?

2. Is it EASY for YOU to use?

3. Is it EASY for YOUR CUSTOMERS to use?

I have been with the same company, Time2Signup, for going on 10 years. At one point, I wasn’t really that happy with it. Technology was changing fast… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on October 22, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Is anyone doing ice skating rinks in there waterparks in the off season.

We are looking at building a temporary ice rink for ice skating during the cold months up here in Cincinnati. Anyone else out there doing this by chance?

Info would be greatly appreciated,

Have an OUTSTANDING! day


Added by Michael A Howard on October 22, 2009 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Employee recognition survey results

Here are the results of the survey I sent out recently.i highly recommend polling your own staff to get the answers that matter most to you.


many Thanks if you participated in the survey


Added by Andrew Vaughan on October 21, 2009 at 7:01am — No Comments

Setting the Record Straight on Rip Currents

Editor's note: This is a letter to the editor from B. Chris Brewster, president of United States Lifesaving Association, in response to an column about rip currents in the June 2009 issue of Aquatics International.

It’s good to see Aquatics International run an article regarding rip currents ("Getting Current," June 2009), which United States Lifesaving Association statistics attribute to over 80%… Continue

Added by Gary Thill on October 20, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

sailing travel- island employment

I live on a sail boat. I'm traveling to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and other islands in that area. I will be looking for work when I get there. I'm am an experienced swim coach, lifeguard, swimmer, triathlete, pool manager... I also have water aerobics instructor certification. I am a certified physical education and health teacher k-12. I graduated from Slippery Rock University of PA where I also did a minor in aquatics.

Added by Jodie Louise Smith on October 20, 2009 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Legal Disparity in Drownings?

A couple of recent articles (article1 article 2) got me thinking about the disparity in the legal system in the way it deals with drownings. Let me point out that I an not an attorney by any means. I do consider myself a avid researcher of current events in the aquatics industry. I have read through hundreds of drowning articles and I have noticed some disturbing trends in the way the law views these "accidents." Accidental… Continue

Added by Bob Willard on October 19, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Mildew Growing on Pool Deck!

We have concrete floors with a rubber seal that fills in all of the cracks. We have been getting a black mildew that grows on the deck and refuses to stay away. Power spraying has been tried as well as liquid chlorine, but the mildew keeps coming back.

This is in a low traffic area and there is no standing water in this particular area. What can I do?

Added by Patrick Magee on October 13, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

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