In 1910 or 1912 when Wilbert Longfellow started teaching swimming and began training people to be swimming instructors, he said, "In order to learn to swim, you must overcome your fear."
This truth was lost in the past 100 years. What happens when a truth is lost?
Many people suffer. In this particular case, many people have drowned.
Two people, Paul Lennon and I, realized in the 1980's that the lessons we were trained to teach didn't work for half our… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on July 31, 2012 at 11:57am —
How do you teach people to prevent panic? Is it important to you? Do you know how many drownings are caused by panic each year?
In the Washington Post the other day, a headline said, Deaths in triathlons may not be so mysterious: panic attacks may be… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on November 16, 2011 at 3:52pm —
Every year in the end of August and September, all those adults who missed another summer of swimming rue the fact that they still haven't done anything about it. They deluge our inbox with orders for books and DVDs. And classes. We're full for the rest of the fall.
Though they can see from our website where our licensed instructors are, some not covered by our list desperately ask anyway: do you have any instructors in my town? In my state? —"No, sorry! We need email… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on September 19, 2011 at 7:00pm —
Note: this post was edited 3/2012 to place a missing video (the first one below).
If you want to teach your child to tie her shoes, do you say, "Tie your shoes!"
No. She'd be lost. Where to start, she'd be thinking.
If you want to teach people to prevent panic, do you say, "Don't panic!"?
No, but people do. It doesn't work. It's been tried. And how many people have drowned since then?
If you want to prevent most of Laurie Batter's… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on September 11, 2011 at 10:00am —
How can your swim instructors take your lessons program to another level? This email exchange demonstrates how Swim Lessons University training can help your Learn to Swim program experience the same success, not only in the pool, but on making an impression on your customers–the parents. Your Swim Teachers are the lifeblood of your program. Make sure they are representing you well.
Dear Coach Reiser:
I want you to know how much we have enjoyed having Ms.… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on August 12, 2011 at 10:14am —
Will your swimming instructors maximize their usefulness this summer?
If they do, this is what can happen:
All kids will love their swimming lessons. They'll have so much fun they'll want to come back for more. And if they want to, chances are, parents will find a way. Your business will grow.
Kids will learn to swim.
Kids will enjoy swimming so much that they'll look for a way to swim more: they'll join swim teams.
Added by Melon Dash on July 11, 2011 at 7:10pm —
Thursday by Thursday, the Learn To Swim Ship is s l o w l y being turned. S l o w l y, but it's turning. It's being turned by the listeners of The Learn To Swim Show at WorldTalkRadio.com.
These listeners, whether swimming students or instructors, are witnessing the laying of new track in the Learn To Swim Universe.… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on January 4, 2011 at 2:00pm —
The Learn To Swim Show is here.
It's Thursdays at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Beginning October 28, 2010.
Added by Melon Dash on October 26, 2010 at 8:30pm —
On October 28, 2010, Miracle Swimming Institute will begin hosting a radio pilot program, "The Learn To Swim Show."
It will be available to listeners around the world, Thursdays at 1 p.m. Florida time and 10 a.m. California time on the internet at WorldTalkRadio.com.
If you put a beginning swim class of adults into a pool, they’re usually apprehensive. The first thing you want to ask them is, “What…
Added by Melon Dash on October 20, 2010 at 7:00pm —
What if everyone in the world who couldn't swim listened to internet World Talk Radio on October 28, 2010 and heard that they're not weird for not being able to swim? That they aren't failures? That it's not their fault that they've tried lessons over and over and haven't become swimmers? Do you think those people might feel a little better about not being able to swim?
Do you think if I presented them with an outline of what happened to swimming instruction in the beginning and if… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on October 3, 2010 at 6:30pm —
When apocolyptic events happen, fantastic responses are called for. A "business as usual" approach following these events is common, but uninspired and sub-par.
Business as usual is, "What a tragedy. Bless those families. More people should take swimming lessons. Oh, what a shame!" And then we turn our backs and resume our daily routines. Continue
In my mind, there is only…
Added by Melon Dash on August 30, 2010 at 2:30am —
Last night or over the weekend, a teenager stepped off a ledge into deep water at the Red River in Shreveport, LA. In the next few minutes, 6 of his friends tried to save him. All drowned but one. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38533071/ns/us_news-life .
The article leaves an unknowing reader thinking that deep water is dangerous; that a sinkhole full of water is dangerous. I beg to differ. The distinction to be made means… Continue
Added by Melon Dash on August 3, 2010 at 10:10am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Filed under Water Safety Instructor, Kids Water Safety by Jim Reiser
from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit
How can you teach water safety to children without a having a pool? Here are seven ideas and video highlights that will help you get started!
1. FREE PRIZES.
When I am asked to “take the stage” at an event like a Safety Fair or Children’s event at a mall, park, or children’s fair–the first challenge is always getting the kids to… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on December 21, 2009 at 4:00pm —
from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Did you know that in the United States, drowning takes more lives than any other accident for children 5 & under? For children ages 6 – 14, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death ONLY to automobile accidents! This article will show you how to teach your children water… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on November 6, 2009 at 9:00am —
Do you want to be considered a “Swimming Professional
?” In this article, you will learn some simple steps to becoming a pro!
1. Become a member of at least one reputable, nationally recognized organizations. Here are the ones I belong to: American Swim Coaches Association, United States Swimming, United States Swim School Association, National Drowning… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on November 5, 2009 at 10:00pm —
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 —