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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 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

Have You Seen that the American Academy of Pediatrics UPDATED their Guidelines?

Here is the beginning of the article from Med Page Today. I posted a link at the bottom so you can click it and read the rest of the article:

Pediatric Drowning Prevention Guidelines Updated
By Chris Emery,…

Added by Jim Reiser on May 24, 2010 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Is Your Swim School Participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson?

Tomorrow, Thursday, 5/20/10, is your last chance to register your swim school to participate in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. What a great way to get your local media involved in promoting swimming lessons as one of the most important ways to prevent drownings. Make no mistake about it, drowning prevention requires layered approach . . . but you know as well as I do, swimmers…


Added by Jim Reiser on May 19, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Did You Hear Colin Cowerd’s Rant about Coach Disrupting Chemistry?

When I have a chance I really like to listen to “The Herd” on ESPN radio. In fact, now that I get it on cable I will record it and even watch it when I’m winding down at the end of a long day. Recently the radio show’s host Colin Cowerd talked about how the Utah Jazz coach made a mistake by disrupting the team’s chemistry in the middle of what was appearing to be a big comeback. Utah was making this comeback with a group of back-ups who were playing really…


Added by Jim Reiser on May 12, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Death Sentences

What is a life worth? I’ve asked this question in various ways over the years, but it’s always been more of a rhetorical question than something that can be answered. But as the nation stumbles through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, that is no longer just a question. In Michigan, a life is worth $20,000. In California, it’s worth $50,000.

Those are the savings that cities and governments are making to cut lifeguards in those two states. And in making those… Continue

Added by Gary Thill on May 6, 2010 at 3:08pm — No Comments

My National Drowning Prevention Symposium Review

Now that my 10-hour drive from Pittsburgh, PA is over and my “heads above the water” again, I thought I would share a few highlights from the


First I want to thank the committee who voted for me to receive the NDPA Community Life Saver Award. I am so honored and proud.

Second, I want to rave about Tom…


Added by Jim Reiser on May 5, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments



HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— April 21, 2010 The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) recognized national and community drowning prevention leaders on April 26, 2010 at the NDPA’s 9th Annual

National Drowning Prevention Symposium at the Sheraton Station Square

in Pittsburgh, PA.

Cecilia Duer will receive the 2010 National…


Added by Jim Reiser on May 3, 2010 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

Keeping Up With the Céline Dions'

The celebrity gossip columns and locals in Martin County, Fla. are buzzing about the new … Continue

Added by AIsrEditor on April 30, 2010 at 4:02pm — No Comments

The 7 "UNDER's" of (near) drownings pdf

The 7 ‘UNDERS of Near drowning.pdf

please let me know if this simple concept for reducing and avoiding near drownings can be improved. please feel free to use this in any training that you think might be valuable to save lives and avoid injury.


Added by Andrew Vaughan on April 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson - Sign up now to help build awareness of drowning prevention!

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The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), Thursday, June 3, 2010, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 3rd, waterparks, pools and other aquatic…


Added by Chandra Thornburg on April 28, 2010 at 8:28am — No Comments


First I would like to thank everyone for signing up to be a fan on our FB page!!! We got 100+ in the first week and haven't even started the season. Next if you haven't already make sure you don't wait to schedule your sessions.

Time slots have been filling up fast and space is limited.

Remember you can register on or by calling 888-954-SWIM.

Added by Thomas Quass on April 23, 2010 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Colorado Springs Swim School Launches "Teach Me How to Swim" Campaign

Col Springs Swim School launches new Teach Me How to Swim Campaign - - looking for ways to join with others who have the same goal. Open to suggestions...

Added by Kevin Dessart on April 16, 2010 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Will I See YOU at the National Drowning Prevention Symposium?

I will be heading up to my home state of Pennsylvania next weekend to attend the 9th Annual Drowning Prevention Symposium on April 26th and April 27th. Many of my friends know that I am a Johnstown, PA native and did my undergraduate work at California University of PA, not to mention that I spent half my youth at swim meets in Pittsburgh! At any rate, I’m looking forward to visiting my family and friends on Friday and Saturday before… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on April 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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