BFIS (Business Focused Internet Solutions) aka Time2Sign-up has developed an awesome registration program for swim schools. After years of glitches in the old system
that some of my fellow swim school members may remember, this new
system they developed for me is EASY, STATE-OF-THE-ART, and virtually
We started our May Swim Lessons Registration about five minutes ago so my classes went LIVE at Midnight. This is not an April Fool’s…
Added by Jim Reiser on March 31, 2010 at 9:39pm —
I’m contemplating two April events that seemingly have nothing to do with each other, but are actually inexorably linked: the annual Aquatics International salary survey and Earth Day.…
Added by Gary Thill on March 30, 2010 at 2:29pm —
Added by Amanda N Palencia on March 29, 2010 at 5:40pm —
Any good templates or processes that work really well?
Added by Amanda N Palencia on March 29, 2010 at 5:39pm —
Any good inservice ideas to bring the 2 departments together?
Added by Amanda N Palencia on March 29, 2010 at 5:38pm —
I have worked at facilities with and without liability waivers. Florida is currently passing a bill to reinstate waivers after ruling recently to disallow them.
from the Orlando sentinel march 21st 2010 Continue
'Although it's still early, it looks like Florida lawmakers are divided over one of the tourism industry's…
Added by Andrew Vaughan on March 26, 2010 at 1:26pm —
IT’S OFFICIAL! Swim Lessons University and WABC have partnered to bring you and your staff convenient, affordable training for Swimming
Added by Jim Reiser on March 19, 2010 at 6:25pm —
I'll be honest, when I first read about Thorpe Park's latest contest
I was kind of grossed out. Really I thought? Guests submitting urine samples and 500 pounds to the smelliest "brand ... " But after considering it more, I came to a different conclusion. Any operator brave enough to pull off something like this could surely use it to draw huge amounts of attention to the… Continue
Added by AIsrEditor on March 12, 2010 at 5:40pm —
One comment we receive most often from our clients (4000 adults since 1983) is, "It was so great to have time to slow down, feel what's happening, and not be pushed."
It's not news that to learn to swim, people have to feel what the water does for them. But how many teachers skip steps in order to get to the end of the curriculum and check someone off the list? That has been going on for so long that now, many adults have given up on swimming lessons. They think there's something wrong… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on March 7, 2010 at 9:00am —
Over the years, I’ve railed against everything from lifeguard pay to lack of industry cooperation. And I’vegotten some flack from people who say I’m too negative. Why can’t I ever talk about the positive things going on in the industry?
Well, for anyone who ever thought that, this one’s for you. Today, I’m brimming with pride for the aquatics industry, and I have nothing but praise to heap upon it.
If I sound uncharacteristically positive, and even Pollyanna-ish, that’s because… Continue
Added by Gary Thill on March 1, 2010 at 11:31am —
Freestyle is swimming but swimming is not freestyle.
If you were a boat captain with a group on your boat and a storm came up and the boat tipped over, you'd be thinking, "How many of these people can swim?" Who do I need to worry about most and rescue first?" You would not be thinking, "How many can do freestyle to shore?" You would not be thinking, "Who has their rhythmic breathing down?" You'd want to know, "Who can remain in control?" The ones who can't are the ones you'd go after… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on February 27, 2010 at 7:00am —
Now that this blog post has been up for a month, I've just re-read it. Whew. How could it sound so right then, and sound so wrong now? Let me try this again.
Which is brighter, the sun or the moon?
How do you know? Did you read the research? Was it proven beyond the shadow of a doubt with repeatable double-blind studies? No? Then how do you know the sun is brighter?
You know because you can SEE it. You don't need any more proof than that. It's a… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on February 27, 2010 at 6:00am —
These days it's all about inclusion, and that's a good thing, but after reading this article
about Disneyland's Club 33, I think there's something to be said about exclusivity as well. According to writer Ann Brenoff, "the members-only five-star restaurant was built by Walt Disney in 1967 as a place where he could privately entertain guests and dignitaries that visited the theme… Continue
Added by AIsrEditor on February 17, 2010 at 5:12pm —
Our current policy allows children 10 years of age and older, access to the pool facilities without an adult. Children 9 years of age and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
What's your current policy? I want to raise the age for children allowed, unattended, to at least 13 years of age.
Added by Phil Ashworth on February 12, 2010 at 7:41am —
I make it a point to try and be fit, after all fitness is part of our business, I'll come in early one or two days a week (really more like one day every other week) and spend 40 minutes or so on an exercise bike while reading the most current issues of Aquatics International or Parks & Recreation. But it wasn't until a conversation with my chiropractor earlier this week that it hit me; I almost NEVER swim in the very pool I run. Long story short; he said "Nick I'm seeing some more… Continue
Added by Nick Bacon on February 11, 2010 at 9:59am —
Should babies be dunked during swimming lessons? Check out my FREE Podcast
on this HOT TOPIC at Swim Lessons University.
Added by Jim Reiser on February 5, 2010 at 10:22am —
I was wondering if anyone had a strong opinion (good or bad) about an automatic pool vacuum that you have used at your facility. I am looking to replace my current vacuum and am afraid that I am going to purchace another high maintenance machine. I operate a large pool (50m x 25yd) so would be interested in any opinions about larger commercial models. ($5,000-$6,000). Anyone have an good suggestions or brand/models to avoid?
Added by Jacki Johnson on February 4, 2010 at 9:09am —
Listen, 1x per week of swimming lessons is clearly 100% better than ZEROx per week, and 1x per week is a great way to maintain swimming skills over the winter and certainly make some improvement.
However, IF you increase the frequency of swim lessons/practice from 1x per week to 2x per week you will CLEARLY see a significant difference in the speed/rate of improvement. STUDY AFTER STUDY clearly suggest when you increase frequency, you increase the learning rate.
As a… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on February 3, 2010 at 4:00pm —
All over the world, aquatics professionals labor in obscurity fighting the good fight for their local pool, inspiring yet another generation of lifeguards to take to the stands with vigilance, or devising ingenious designs to make facilities more safe, fun and healthy.
It is these I want to recognize today. And it’s all thanks to a reader, who reminded me of something very important: Aquatics is a profession that’s built on mentors. Think about it. People certainly don’t get into… Continue
Added by Gary Thill on February 3, 2010 at 9:33am —
Added by Andrew Vaughan on January 30, 2010 at 12:40pm —