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N.Y. Times Co. About.com publishes “A Sample Progression for Teaching Swim Lessons to Infants And Toddlers”

Teaching a baby or toddler to swim can be an invaluable experience.



In my most recent article on About.com, I answer three frequently asked questions about swim lessons for infants and toddlers.



1. Can a baby or toddler learn to swim?



2. Can an infant or toddler learn freestyle or backstroke?



3. Can you drown proof an infant or toddler?



Not only will you learn the three types of approaches to teaching babies and toddlers and which one is… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 16, 2009 at 2:24pm — No Comments

WikiHow names “How to Choose a Swim Instructor” a Rising Star

Jim Reiser’s article, How to Choose a Swim Instructor, was selected as a “Rising Star” and featured on the WikiHow home page under “new articles.”



By the way, Swim Lessons University’s feature of the week is “Bathtub Baby 101,” How to Make Bath Time Your Baby’s First Swimming Lesson, and it is discounted this week only by 20%! So you can have it now for… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 15, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

How to Teach Group Swimming Lessons

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit



Have you ever wondered if there were some simple tips that could help make teaching swimming to small groups (6-12 students) easier? You’re in luck! Here are some teaching strategies (and even a DVD Video on Teaching Group Swim Lessons) that will make teaching easier for you, and more… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 14, 2009 at 3:35pm — No Comments

N.Y. Times Co., About.com, publishes article on Swim Lessons and Dunking Babies

Dunking Infants and Babies is always a big topic of discussion when it comes to learn-to-swim and swimming lessons for infants and toddlers. Should baby swimmers or toddler swimmers be dunked or not?



View my recent article on About.com and the five rules I train swim instructors to follow when it comes to Infant-toddler swim… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Should Band Aids be banned?



Over the last 3 or so years I have seen an increasing amount of band aids either stuck to the pool deck or floating in the pool.



Obviously this is more than just an aesthetic problem and requires bio hazard treatment.



Has anyone noticed the same?



Do you use signage or posted policy addressing the wearing of band aids while swimming?



Typically when a minor first aid scrape occurs we give out a band aid… Continue

Added by Andrew Vaughan on December 9, 2009 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

Pool Water Conservation using Solar Covers

As introduction to this discussion let it be said that the goal is the cause of water conservation.



Every year swimming pools are wasting billions of gallons of water that can be saved. In areas suffering from water shortages, "It takes only 200 pools using covers to save an entire 3.5 million gallon tank of city drinking water." It's well known that pool bubble covers are inexpensive and pay for themselves by lowering your water bill and chemical costs, so why… Continue

Added by David Hoff on December 9, 2009 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

The Best Christmas Gift of all . . . Save an infant or toddler’s life!

Did you know that over half of all drownings for babies occur in bath tubs? According to Safe Kids world wide, that is a fact. View my FREE YouTube video on Drowning Prevention & Water Safety for infants, toddlers, and young children.



Because we KNOW that infants and toddlers are drowning in the winter too (because they drown in bath tubs)–PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH A FRIEND who has a little one. You could… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 4, 2009 at 12:06pm — No Comments

WASTED WATER IN CALIFORNIA

In THEORY based on 2 MILLION POOLS

(if anyone knows the exact number of AG+IG pools in CA please reply in comments)



Here is the formula:



Length * Width * Average Depth * Multiplier = Gallons

Determine the Multiplier:

Rectangle, square, or free-form pool:multiplier = 7.5.

Round or Oval pool: multiplier = 5.9



So if in theory there were 2 million pools in CA and we average the aboveground and inground multiplier to 6.5; then average… Continue

Added by David Hoff on December 4, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Swim Lessons University’s YouTube DVD Sample of How to Teach Butterfly is now online!

Watch 7 minutes of sample video from Jim Reiser’s brand new BUTTERFLY 301 DVD!



In Butterfly 301, ” The Swim Professor” shares with swim teachers a new, innovative approach to teaching butterfly to young children, while sharing sound teaching principals throughout the butterfly swim lesson presentation.



You can either click on the link below or paste it in your browser… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 2, 2009 at 2:48pm — No Comments

YouTube video on “How to Teach Freestyle” PLUS 7 TIPS HERE!



YouTube video on “How to Teach Freestyle” PLUS 7 TIPS HERE!




How to Teach Freestyle to Children



from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit



Have you ever wandered if there was an easier, step-by-step approach to teaching freestyle to young children? In this article, you will get an inside look at some of “The Swim… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on December 1, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

“Holds” for Infant-toddler Swim Classes

Have you ever wondered if you were holding your baby incorrectly in the swimming pool? Or if some holds are better than others? In this article, you will learn the holds that are the most effective.

Steps



1. Use the hug hold. The hug hold is the foundation of all the holds outlined in this article. Why? Because it is the hold that your baby feels most secure. Use it when getting in and out of the pool, use it while your baby gets acclimated to the water, and use it… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Super Swim Teachers are not found–they are made!

Here is a recent email I received:



Coach Jim,

I don’t know where you find your swim teachers, but I’ve got one thing to say… “Keep up the good work!”



My son Zach has been w/Ms Kali at Still Hopes on the Saturday am class. She has worked the class well to suit his needs. Due to his autism, sometimes he can have trouble w/things as I am sure you can imagine. He LOVES the water though, so we wanted to take the opportunity to utilize that to our advantage.



Zach… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 25, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

How to Teach Swimming Lessons Like an Expert Swimming Instructor

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit



Have you ever wondered how you could teach swimming lessons more effectively? Have you ever wondered how you could teach your swim school staff members to improve their teaching too?



In this article, I will share with you 6 Steps to make your swim lessons more… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 21, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New York Times Company, About.com, features Jim Reiser as Guest Author!

About.com, a New York Times Company, recently signed on Jim Reiser as a guest author.

Would you like to see Jim’s first article with About.com: Swimming?

Get Jim’s latest tips on how to prevent crying in Parent and Toddler Swimming Lessons.

Check out the article today: “How to Prevent Crying in Infant or Toddler Learn to Swim Class.”

Added by Jim Reiser on November 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Watch my new YouTube video from Bathtub Baby 101

Take a few minutes to check out some free video footage from my brand new Bathtub Baby 101 DVD! Just click Bathtub Baby 101 and you’ll get to watch my wife Heather and I get Nolan, our 4-month old baby ready for his first swimming lesson by using the bathtub.… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 17, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How to Teach a Preschooler to Swim

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit



Would you like to hear how to make teaching your 3 & 4 year olds more fun and effective? Enjoy some terrific teaching techniques and even watch some FREE video footage from “Swim 101,” How to Teach Young Children to Swim in 8 hours or Less! Oh, and you will also see some really cool “before &… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Details Announced for upcoming 2010 Swim School Owners Business Conference

You are invited to the upcoming 2010 Swim School Owners Business Conference. It will be held at the Crown Plaza in Sunrise, Florida on February 19 & 20, 2010.



This is a rare opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent people in the learn to swim industry. The conference will feature Jim Reiser of Swim Lessons University, Sue Nelson of United States Swimming, Mick Nelson of United States Swimming, and Lori… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 15, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Are you frustrated with your swim lesson students?

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit



Are you becoming frustrated with your beginner swimmers? Or even students who can swim BUT are learning a new stroke? When you consider the points and suggestions below you may feel a little better!



Try these 5 Teaching Techniques



1. Understand there are 3 Stages of Learning, and when a skill… Continue

Added by Jim Reiser on November 14, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

VGB Compliance - Outside Michigan

I was contacted by a YMCA in Illinois that had corner drains after he found my website via Google. He was excited that my product might bring him VGB compliance. I designed a custom corner adapter/frame with one Aquastar 12X12 grate I sent a shop drawing with specifications for approval to IDPH on Thursday. They wrote back that I needed a P.E. among other things. I sent the following response:



I appreciate you taking the time to review my request. You are the first official to… Continue

Added by Pool Safety Consultants on November 14, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

What would you do today?

What would you do today?

What would you do today if tomorrow you knew you were going to get a visit from?

• The health department

• Your lifeguard auditor

• Your Owner to discuss the P&L statement

• Your mother

• A tour from a prospective large group

The answer is that you would probably,

1. Scramble all resources to clean all the pools ,check all the readings, read the pool code and inspect everything on your property to see if it meets code.… Continue

Added by Andrew Vaughan on November 13, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

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