In the center of almost every community is something that brings us closer as a people, a crystal blue swimming pool, the heart of the neighborhood. This place is more than just a fancy amenity to these folks; it’s one of the few places where people can exercise in a way that connects them with their neighbors. Pools create unity, friendships, recreation and a whole lot of fun. This face-to-face contact with those who live close to us, takes us away from our computers and cellular phones… Continue
Added by Christopher Sawyer on August 22, 2013 at 10:39am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Children feel safer when they know what the rules are, especially in new or exciting situations. If a child is scared, they will have a hard time having fun. So when you kindly, but firmly give children
rules or boundaries and let them know it’s to keep them safe, you start
Discipline is the gift of responsible love. Discipline and rules and punishment are related, but they are not the same. Discipline is the continual…
Added by Jim Reiser on August 23, 2010 at 4:00pm —
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 —
So can YOU or YOUR business benefit from Social Networking? Are you resisting the idea of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc.? Technology changes are always hard for me and I was resistant at first too. In
fact, I have been only using twitter for a few weeks but I have been
trained in it now and I am confident of the benefits.
The best news about it is that . . . it’s FREE! MOST IMPORTANTLY, in my mind, it’s the BEST REFERRAL PROGRAM ever invented. I…
Added by Jim Reiser on July 23, 2010 at 1:00pm —
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 —
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 —
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
Added by Jim Reiser on May 24, 2010 at 4:50pm —
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… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on May 19, 2010 at 3:32pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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
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 —
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 —
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.
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 —