I am just wondering what others are doing as far as "Swim Tests". Meaning, the child is wanting to go down the slide but is not tall enough, but wants to take a siwm test to show us that they can swim. How would you handle this, and what is your critieria that they would need to meet.
Added by Sue Wheeler on April 11, 2010 at 2:58pm —
Will The Same Teaching Errors Be Made Again in 2010?
Yes. But let's see how many we can eliminate right now.
Here we go, Summer Swim Lessons, Version 2010!
How many swimming instructors will tell their students, "You must be horizontal to float correctly?"
How many will expect their students to grin and bear the things that aren't comfortable in order to get to the other side? How many will send the message, "Swimming is getting from here to… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on April 9, 2010 at 9:00am —
You are going to absolutely love our upcoming latest addition to Swim Lessons University. It our brand new “paperless” Swim Proficiency &
Water Safety Awards System. …
Added by Jim Reiser on April 7, 2010 at 7:47am —
Recently a woman who uses a wheelchair contacted me, because she would like to start swimming in one of my facilities to train for a triathlon. After she contacted me, I quickly set out to to ensure my staff was trained on the proper use of the lift at the facility she wished to swim. The lift at this facility had not been used since I began working at the University in August of 2009, and although I knew how to… Continue
Added by Carol Poole on April 6, 2010 at 2:42pm —
Have you ever tried a wetsuit for teaching?
Have you ever thought about a wetsuit for your “learn-to-swim” students?
While I started wearing a wetsuit back when I taught in “unheated pools,” now even when I teach in heated, warm water pools (87 plus degrees)–I won’t teach in anything else!
1. I’m a better teacher when I’m warm!
2. I use a fraction of the sunscreen which is not only quite convenient, my savings in sunscreen probably will pay… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on April 4, 2010 at 8:00am —
I developed these contributing factors for (near) drownings.please let me know if you agree or if i missed any!
If you like and want to use these for training please just credit them to me!
Added by Andrew Vaughan on April 1, 2010 at 1:34pm —
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 —